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A survey of information given to head-injured patients on direct discharge from emergency departments in Scotland
  1. Jacques Kerr1,
  2. Ian J Swann2,
  3. Brian Pentland3
  1. 1Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK
  3. 3Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 J Kerr
 Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SA, UK; jacques.kerr{at}


Aim: To survey the information provided to head-injured patients on discharge from emergency departments (EDs) in Scotland.

Methods: EDs throughout Scotland were asked to supply a copy of their head injury advice pamphlet for analysis. Each pamphlet was assessed against a template and an Excel spreadsheet was created.

Results: All 30 (100%) Scottish EDs responded. The frequency with which specific features appeared varied widely, with most pamphlets concentrating on emergency features, with less emphasis on postconcussion symptoms.

Conclusions: Head injury discharge advice should be standardised throughout EDs, with more emphasis given to postconcussion features.

  • ED, emergency department
  • MHI, mild head injury
  • PCS, postconcussion syndrome

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