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Surrogate expectations in severe brain injury.

Title Surrogate expectations in severe brain injury.
Publication Type Journal Article
Year of Publication 2013
Authors Suppes, Alexandra , and Fins Joseph J.
Journal Brain Inj
Volume 27
Issue 10
Pagination 1141-7
Date Published 2013
ISSN 1362-301X

OBJECTIVE: To understand what influences surrogate decision-makers' expectation that a patient with a disorder of consciousness (DOC; those in a coma, the vegetative state or the minimally conscious state) will recover.

SUBJECTS: Forty-one surrogates representing 37 DOC patients completed a survey about their experiences in having a family member with a DOC.

METHODS: A quantitative questionnaire assessed surrogate and patient's demographic, medical and psychosocial features that may explain surrogate's expectation of patient recovery.

RESULTS: Surrogates who were more relationally enmeshed with the patient thought the patient could communicate better and thought technology would improve treatment of patients with brain injury had greater expectations of recovery. Source of injury and patient's current diagnosis did not explain expectations.

CONCLUSION: Relational factors between the patient and the surrogate may explain the surrogate's expectation that the patient will recover more than factors that matter to clinicians such as the source of injury or the patient's diagnosis.

Alternate Journal Brain Inj
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