[Impact of Scandinavian guidelines on management of mild head injuries]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2006 Apr 27;126(9):1205-7.
[Article in Norwegian]


Background: A national survey in 1996 showed insufficient routines for management of patients with mild head injuries in Norwegian hospitals. Since then, the Scandinavian guidelines for management of mild head injuries have been published.

Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey of management practice was performed in all 59 hospitals in 2002. We compared the results with figures from 1996 and evaluated guideline compliance.

Results: The proportion of noncompliant hospitals was reduced (p = 0.02) from 52% to 31%. The proportion assessing patient consciousness according to the Glasgow Coma Scale increased (p = 0.001) from 49% to 80%. The proportion requiring a normal computed tomographic scan if a patient with a history of loss of consciousness was to be discharged from the emergency department increased (p < 0.001) from 2% to 19%.

Conclusion: The Scandinavian guidelines have had a significant impact on management practice in Norwegian hospitals.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Craniocerebral Trauma* / complications
  • Craniocerebral Trauma* / diagnosis
  • Craniocerebral Trauma* / therapy
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Guideline Adherence*
  • Humans
  • Norway
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Risk Factors
  • Scandinavian and Nordic Countries
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed