Life expectancy and median survival time in the permanent vegetative state.

  title={Life expectancy and median survival time in the permanent vegetative state.},
  author={David J. Strauss and Robert Shavelle and Stephen Ashwal},
  journal={Pediatric neurology},
  volume={21 3},
The authors studied life expectancy and risk factors for mortality of persons in the vegetative state (VS). The study participants were 1,021 California patients in the VS during 1981-1996. Because of the large sample size, the authors were able to use multivariate methods to assess the effect of several risk factors on mortality. The authors found a strong secular trend in infant mortality, with rates in the mid-1990s being only one third of those in the early 1980s (P < 0.01). A smaller… CONTINUE READING

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