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New technique helps to assess vegetative state

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7255.196 (Published 22 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:196
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Doctors and relatives of patients with brain injury can now determine more accurately whether they have any awareness thanks to a technique developed by staff at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in London.

    The sensory modality assessment and rehabilitation technique (SMART), which took 10 years to develop, is the brainchild of occupational therapists in the brain injury unit at the hospital. Dissatisfied with the lack of a standardised tool for assessing patients with brain injuries, they set about making their own.

    In 1996 a study showed that after assessment …

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