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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