Assessment scales for disorders of consciousness: Evidence-based recommendations for clinical practice and research

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Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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2010, vol. 91, issue 2, pp 1795-1813
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Article presents the results of a systematic review of behavioral assessment scales for disorders of consciousness (DOC). The study evaluated the extent that each DOC scale: (1) has content that differentiates vegetative state, minimally conscious state (MCS), and emergence from MCS; (2) produces reliable ratings between examiners and over time; (3) generates valid diagnostic findings; and (4) predicts functional outcomes. Recommendations are made to guide clinical practice and research on the development and validation of DOC scales.
Seel RT, Sherer M, Whyte J, Katz DI, Giacino JT, Shapiro A, Hammond FM, Kalmar K, Pape T L-B, Zafonte R, Biester RC, Kaelin D, Kean J, Zasler N
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