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Diagnosing and Treating Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN; Shapiro, Susan E. PhD, RN

Section Editor(s): Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN; Column Editor; Shapiro, Susan E. PhD, RN; Column Editor

doi: 10.1097/TME.0b013e318233d43c
Research to Practice

Review of recent evidence with translation to practice for the advanced practice nurse role is presented using a case study format for “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children.” This “short review” describes the state of the science regarding diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury in children, demonstrating multiple challenges to synthesizing existing research into practice guidelines. Implications of this lack of clear research evidence on advanced practice nursing are discussed along with suggestions for using alternative sources of evidence.

Emergency and Trauma Services, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky (Dr Howard); and Emory Healthcare and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Atlanta, Georgia (Dr Shapiro).

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Corresponding Author: Susan E. Shapiro, PhD, RN, Emory Healthcare and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, 550 Peachtree Street NE Suite 1203, Atlanta, GA 30308 (susan.shapiro@emoryhealthcare.org).

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.