Recent advances in behavioral assessment of individuals with disorders of consciousness

@article{Giacino2007RecentAI,
  title={Recent advances in behavioral assessment of individuals with disorders of consciousness},
  author={Joseph T. Giacino and Colette M. Smart},
  journal={Current Opinion in Neurology},
  year={2007},
  volume={20},
  pages={614–619}
}
  • J. Giacino, C. Smart
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Current Opinion in Neurology
Purpose of reviewThe burden of proof for establishing diagnosis and prognosis in patients with disorders of consciousness lies with behavioral assessment methods. The current review discusses recent advances in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of this methodology. Recent findingsBehavioral assessment methods remain the ‘gold standard’ for establishing diagnosis and prognosis in patients with disorders of consciousness, although their psychometric integrity and clinical utility remain… 
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