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Vegetative and minimally conscious state(s) survey: attitudes of clinical neuropsychologists and speech and language therapists.
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PMID:  17852231     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To gauge the understanding and opinions of clinical neuropsychologists and speech and language therapists (SLT) in relation to vegetative (VS) and minimally conscious (MCS) patients relative to available practice guidelines. METHOD: Semi-structured questionnaires were sent to all UK Practitioner Full Members of the BPS Division of Neuropsychology (307) and SLT managers (371) in March to April 2002 examining post qualification clinical practice, professional-family involvement and views on neuro-rehabilitation access. Difference(s) in clinical practice among clinical neuropsychologists and SLTs were observed. RESULTS: Some 27% returned questionnaires (n=184). Despite significant working experience, most respondents poorly defined both VS and MCS. Among clinical neuropsychologists and speech and language therapists not working with these patients, less positive attitudes regarding the value of neuro-rehabilitation were endorsed. CONCLUSIONS: Despite the development of SMART training for VS, there is a dearth of specific training in MCS assessment and management. The need to improve professional understanding among these staff groups is highlighted.
F Colin Wilson; Jocelyn Harpur; Nigel McConnell
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disability and rehabilitation     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0963-8288     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Rehabil     Publication Date:  2007 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-25     Completed Date:  2008-02-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9207179     Medline TA:  Disabil Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1751-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit, Musgrave Park Hospital, Green Park HealthCare Trust, Belfast, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Consciousness Disorders / diagnosis,  rehabilitation*
Data Collection
Glasgow Coma Scale
Persistent Vegetative State / diagnosis,  rehabilitation*
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Speech-Language Pathology

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