A new electroencephalogram system improves diagnosis and rehabilitation for patients with disorders of consciousness
A disorder of consciousness (DOC) is a state where consciousness has been affected by brain damage. A new electroencephalogram (EEG) system has proven that some patients with DOC can follow basic instructions that do not require any movement and has allowed them to answer YES/NO questions. These studies have provided the foundation for new EEG-based solutions that could predict clinical outcomes and even improve the rehabilitation to facilitate cognitive and motor recovery and emergence into consciousness. The EU-funded ComAlive project will develop new methods to merge EEG-based assessment and communication tools with prediction to provide hope of rehabilitation for DOC patients.