Research Stream 1: Expanding understandings of youth concussion ‘recovery’

Study #1: Conceptualizing Concussion Recovery: A Virtual Multimedia Storytelling Project

Clinical care guidelines for the management of youth concussion aim toward achieving full recovery and avoiding what has been termed ‘prolonged recovery’. Yet, almost no research has been done together with young people who have sustained concussion to understand their perspectives on life after concussion and what constitutes a ‘good’ or ‘full’ recovery. We are partnering through online workshops with young people (16-23 years of age) who have experienced concussion as they create multimedia stories that represent how they understand recovery. This research will help ensure that concussion-related research and services are attuned to the real-world needs and priorities of young people.

Status: Recruitment is now closed for this study; data analysis is underway.

Research Team

Dr. Gail Teachman, Principle Investigator, Western University

Dr. Katie Mah, Co-Investigator, Western University

Dr. Barbara Gibson, Co-Investigator, University of Toronto

Agnes Mathew, PhD Student, Graduate Research Fellow, Western University

Research Partners

NOvEL Lab, Bloorview Research Institute

Re:Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice 

Funding Sources

Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship Project Funding

Kimel Family Opportunities Fund, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

VOICE Innovation Grant, Newton Foundation, McGill University

Study #2: Representations of youth concussion ‘recovery’ in health and rehabilitation: A critical interpretive synthesis

In this study, we bring a critical lens to analyzing how youth concussion recovery is described in the fields of health and rehabilitation. Elaborating on critical interpretive synthesis methods forwarded by Dixon-Woods and colleagues (2006), this review study is focused on research questions such as: What are the taken-for-granted assumptions underlying ‘concussion recovery’? and what are the potential effects of such assumptions for youth, their families, and service providers? This type of critical review can provide a catalyst for expanding ways of thinking about life after concussion and advancing supports for youth and their families.

Status: This review study is underway.

Research Team

Dr. Katie Mah, Co-Investigator, Western University

Dr. Gail Teachman, Principle Investigator, Western University

Dr. Barbara Gibson, Co-Investigator, University of Toronto

Outputs

2024 January

(invited) Mah K, & Teachman G. Contemplating youth concussion ‘recovery’ through a critical childhood ethics lens. The Hospital for SickKids’ Rehabilitation Rounds. Bioethics Week. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2023 May

Mah K, & Teachman G. Reorienting constructions of concussion ‘recovery’ through a disability studies lens. Nordic Network of Disability Research 16th Research Conference. Reykjavik, Iceland.

Mah K, & Teachman G. Reorienting concussion ‘recovery’ through a Critical Rehabilitation Studies lens. Postdoctoral Association at Western, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.

Mah K, & Teachman G. Reorienting constructions of concussion ‘recovery’ through a critical disability studies lens. Child Health Symposium, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.

In Preparation

Representations of youth concussion ‘recovery’ in health and rehabilitation: A critical interpretive synthesis