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How Will Families React to Evidence of Covert Consciousness in Brain-Injured Patients?

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This commentary critically examines a recent qualitative study, published in this issue of Neuroethics, on the attitudes of family caregivers toward evidence of covert consciousness in brain-injured patients.

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Peterson, A. How Will Families React to Evidence of Covert Consciousness in Brain-Injured Patients?. Neuroethics (2020) doi:10.1007/s12152-019-09428-1

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Keywords

  • Vegetative state
  • Minimally conscious state
  • Coma
  • EEG, fMRI
  • Neuroimaging
  • Family caregiver
  • End-of-life