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Does screen time affect recovery from concussion in adolescents?
  1. Katie Mckinnon1,
  2. Alexander Hunt1,
  3. Katie Knight2
  1. 1Paediatrics, North Middlesex University Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Paediatric 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}nhs.net

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Scenario

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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Sources: Embase, Ovid MEDLINE

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 are …

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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.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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

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