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Vegetative and minimally conscious state(s) survey: Attitudes of clinical neuropsychologists and speech and language therapists.

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Wilson, F.C, Harpur, J and McConnell, N C (2007) Vegetative and minimally conscious state(s) survey: Attitudes of clinical neuropsychologists and speech and language therapists. Disability and Rehabilitation , 29 (22). pp. 1751-1756. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638280601118432

DOI: 10.1080/09638280601118432

Abstract

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 EPS 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.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Professional attitudes, vegetative state, minimally conscious state
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Fire Safety and Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT)
ID Code:6145
Deposited By:Dr Nigel McConnell
Deposited On:12 Jan 2010 12:18
Last Modified:12 Jan 2010 12:19

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