Master of Science
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Kathy Nixon Speechley
Neuroimaging has been utilized to establish communication, using a brain-computer interface, with select patients with severe brain injuries and profound communication impairments. Due to the severe injuries sustained by these patients, traditional techniques used to develop quality of life instruments cannot be used. The Aware Study used a novel approach to establish the key dimensions for assessing the quality of life of patients who can only communicate using this sophisticated technology. Consensus methodology was employed, with the assistance of a multidisciplinary panel of experts, to collectively decide which dimensions are essential for the inclusion in a quality of life instrument for these unique patients.
Tung, Jasmine, "Communicating Through a Brain-Computer Interface: Towards the Assessment of Quality of Life in Minimally Conscious and Covertly Aware Vegetative State Patients" (2017). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 4418.