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Guidelines for Competency in Providing Service to Patients Who Have Disorders of Consciousness Are Detailed, Comprehensive, and Need to Be Implemented

Published:August 22, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2020.06.002
      The “Minimum Competency Recommendations for Programs That Provide Rehabilitation Services for Persons With Disorders of Consciousness,”
      • Giacino J.T.
      • Whyte J.
      • Nakase-Richardson R.
      • et al.
      Minimum competency recommendations for programs that provide rehabilitation services for persons with disorders of consciousness: a position statement of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems.
      which appeared in the June 2020 issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, offer a clear and complete set of recommendations for evaluating services provided to patients who have a disorder of consciousness (DOC). Patients who have a DOC are those who remain in a vegetative or minimally conscious state, most often resulting from brain injury. As the authors report, this is a sizable patient population with a prevalence exceeding 300,000.
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