University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Functional Assessment of Concussion Tool Application in a Pediatric Concussion Clinic

Katherine Lumetta, MD; Sam Halama, BA; Shayne Fehr, MD; Jennifer Apps, PhD; Danny G. Thomas, MD, MPH

WMJ. 2023;122(3):191-195

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Background: Traditional concussion symptom scales do not assess function. We piloted a mobile app-based assessment that aims to measure the functional impact of symptoms.

Methods: Patients with concussion completed the Functional Assessment of Concussion Tool and traditional symptom scales postinjury.

Results: Linear regression assessed the predictive value of the Functional Assessment of Concussion Tool symptom number and function rating compared to scores on 2 traditional symptom scales across 4 symptom domains. The mobile app symptom number predicted scores on traditional symptom scales across domains. The rating score predicted traditional scale scores in 2 domains. The mobile health tool did not predict recovery.

Discussion: This mobile health concussion symptom assessment may measure the functional impact of symptoms, though further study is needed.

Author Affiliations: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Lumetta, Halama, Fehr, Apps, Thomas).
Corresponding Author: Danny G. Thomas, MD, MPH, 999 N 92nd St, Suite C550, Milwaukee, WI 53226; email; phone 414.266.2633; ORCID ID 0000-0002-7470-9835
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
Funding/Support: The project described was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Award Number UL1 TR001436. The content is solely the responsibility of the author(s) and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.
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