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Does screen time affect recovery from concussion in adolescents?
  1. Katie Mckinnon1,
  2. Alexander Hunt1,
  3. Katie Knight2
  1. 1 Paediatrics, North Middlesex University Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2 Paediatric Emergency Medicine, North Middlesex University Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Katie Mckinnon, Paediatrics, North Middlesex University Hospital, London N18 1QX, UK; katie.mckinnon{at}

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A 14-year-old girl attends A&E after hitting her head on a concrete wall during netball, with short loss of consciousness. She is discharged after a normal CT head. She returns the next day with symptoms of concussion. Her mum asks if avoiding screens would be helpful.

Structured clinical question

In a 14-year-old girl with concussion (patient), does limiting screen time (intervention) improve symptom recovery (outcome)?


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Search strategy: concussion AND (screen time OR screentime OR cognitive rest)

Number of hits: 200

Relevant hits: 14

Why excluded?

  • Duplicates 67

  • Not relevant 77

  • Not English language 2

  • Non-systematic reviews or guidelines 40

Studies were excluded if not explicitly mentioning screen time of some sort, or those only focusing on adults or post-concussion syndrome. Guidelines and non-systematic review articles were also excluded. The selected articles …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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