Patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC) pose medical, ethical, social, and scientiﬁ c challenges. The past decades have yielded scientiﬁ c advances that have kindled a better understanding of the complex mechanisms by which severe brain injury produces DOC (Racine, Rodrigue, et al., 2010). Moreover, these clinical innovations herald a paradigm shift in how physicians assess awareness and have led to improvements in prognostic practices and to the reevaluation of diagnostic classiﬁ cations (Jox, Bernat, et al., 2012, Fins et al., 2008).
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