Journal Club- October 2011: Disorders of Consciousness

Article Title: The Minimally Conscious State: Definition and diagnostic criteria

Authors: JT Giacino et. al.

Journal/Source: Neurology 2002;58;349-353

Severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may lead a patient to be in a vegetative state (VS) or a minimally conscious state (MCS). The purpose of this article is to discern the diagnostic criteria for MCS because preliminary findings suggest there is a meaningful difference in outcomes in VS/coma and MCS.

Article: Minimally Conscious State
Review with Questions: AOCPMR October Journal Club

Reviewer: Richard C. Swedarsky, OMS-IV, NYCOM, Educational Committee Co-Chair, AOCPMR Student Council