Communication with those in vegetative state

THE inner voice of people who appear unconscious can now be heard. For the first time, researchers have struck up a conversation with a man diagnosed as being in a vegetative state. All they had to do was monitor how his brain responded to specific questions. This means that it may now be possible to give some individuals in the same state a degree of autonomy.

"They can now have some involvement in their destiny," says Adrian Owen of the University of Cambridge, who led the team doing the work.

In an earlier experiment, published in 2006, Owen's team asked a woman previously diagnosed as being in a vegetative state (VS) to picture herself carrying out one of two different activities. The resulting brain activity suggested she understood the commands and was therefore conscious.

Now Owen's team has taken the idea a step further. A man also diagnosed with VS was able to answer yes and no to specific questions by imagining himself engaging in the same activities.

The results suggest that it is possible to give a degree of choice to some people who have no other way of communicating with the outside world. "We are not just showing they are conscious, we are giving them a voice and a way to communicate," says neurologist Steven Laureys of the University of Liège in Belgium, Owen's collaborator.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527463.500-giving-the-unconscious-a-voice.html?full=true

I take it this vegetative

I take it this vegetative state is different from the one Dr. Ray Ray produces? Eye-wink

What about doctors who seem

What about doctors who seem to be in a vegetative state? Puzzled

Can THEY actually hear? Puzzled

If so, why don't they respond?? Puzzled

I know, I know!!! Sticking out tongue

Cuz in Ontario, Canada - they don't have to!!! Jawdropping!

More research is necessary. Eye-wink

"The results suggest that it

"The results suggest that it is possible to give a degree of choice to some people who have no other way of communicating with the outside world. "We are not just showing they are conscious, we are giving them a voice and a way to communicate," says neurologist Steven Laureys of the University of Liège in Belgium, Owen's collaborator."

"We are giving them a voice and a way to communicate..."

How ridiculous when you consider that here in Ontario, Canada - doctors and organizations don't even have to listen to patients who can verbalize their concerns.

Well, actually some of us are old and/or have had mental health issues - so maybe we are just not as important as those who are in a vegetative state.

If not for this website - we would have NO VOICE. Sad

wishandaprayer wrote: What

wishandaprayer wrote:

What about doctors who seem to be in a vegetative state? Puzzled

Can THEY actually hear? Puzzled

Not if they're surgeons.

most doctors use selective

most doctors use selective hearing and respond only when they want too.

To overcome the doctor's

To overcome the doctor's "disability", patients should ensure that what they have said is what the doctor has heard.

The only way to do this would be to get copies of your chart.

But, that is uncomfortable for patients.

Maybe - what needs to be done - is that patients read their charts and sign that they agree with the assessment/diagnosis????

Forget it - why bother - doctors never make mistakes, and even if they do - who cares?

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