The Ethical Pain: Detection of pain and suffering in patients with disorders of consciousness
2013 (English)In: Neuroethics, ISSN 1874-5490, E-ISSN 1874-5504, Vol. 6, no 2, 265-276 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The intriguing issue of pain and suffering in patients with disorders of consciousness (DOCs), particularly in Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome/Vegetative State (UWS/VS) and Minimally Conscious State (MCS), is assessed from a theoretical point of view, through an overview of recent neuroscientific literature, in order to sketch an ethical analysis. In conclusion, from a legal and ethical point of view, formal guidelines and a situationist ethics are proposed in order to best manage the critical scientific uncertainty about pain and suffering in DOCs and ensure the best possible care for the patient.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Publishing Company, 2013. Vol. 6, no 2, 265-276 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-207949DOI: 10.1007/s12152-011-9111-yOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-207949DiVA: diva2:650475