Recent Neuro-research

This is a selection of our most recent research projects.


A values-based approach to goal setting in neuro-rehabilitation following severe brain injury: An audit of service development
Rose, A.E. & Rendell, L. (2022). The Neuropsychologist, 14, 37-46.

A systematic review of mood and depression measures in people with severe cognitive and communication impairments following acquired brain injury
Rose A.E, Cullen B, Crawford S, Evans J.J. Clinical Rehabilitation. 2022;0(0). doi:10.1177/02692155221139023

A simple intervention for disorders of consciousness- is there a light at the end of the tunnel?
Yelden K, James LM, Duport S, Kempny A, Farmer SF, Leff AP, Playford ED.Front Neurol. 2022 Jul 22; Free PMC article.


Supporting people who have eating and drinking difficulties.
Porter K, Burch N, Campbell C, Danbury C, Foster C, Gabe S, Goddard A, Harp K, Holdoway A, Hughes T, Ball KL, Nightingale J, Rochford A, Keene AR, Smith A, Smith T, De Silva A.Clin Med (Lond). 2021 Jul;21(4) Free PMC article.

A consensus process to agree best practice for managing physical wellbeing in people with a prolonged disorder of consciousness.
Ashford S, Mohammed Meeran RA, Clark T, Montesinos Ruiz M, Hoffman K, Playford D, Pandyan A.Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2021 Oct;57(5):701-709. Free article.

Assessing emergence from a prolonged disorder of consciousness: Current opinion and practice in the UK.
Pundole A, Varley R, Beeke S.Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2021 Aug;31(7):1003-1027.

Repeated Clinical Assessment Using Sensory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Technique for Diagnosis in Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness.
da Conceição Teixeira L, Blacker D, Campos C, Garrett C, Duport S, Rocha NB.
Front Hum Neurosci. 2021 Dec 1;15:728637. Free PMC article.

LOCCATE: A tool to identify the diagnostic spectrum profile of motor function and functional communication responses for the individual with a prolonged disorder of consciousness.
Gill-Thwaites HL, Elliott KE, Morrissey AM.
Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2021 Oct 20:1-21.

The importance of oral health and the value of dental care in the process of rehabilitation for people with complex neuro-disability .
Manley MCG, Doshi M.
Disabil Rehabil. 2021 Jan;43(2):297-298.


How do we build a picture of a patient in prolonged disorder of consciousness?
Wilford S, Howard A.
Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2020 Dec;30(10):2067-2077.


Effect of daily manual toothbrushing with 0.2% chlorhexidine gel on pneumonia-associated pathogens in adults living with profound neuro-disability.
Prasad R, Daly B, Manley G.Access Microbiol. 2019 Oct 21;1(10): Free PMC article

Education Program for Carers in Facilities with Neuro Disabled Subjects EPoCFiNDS.
Dionyssiotis Y, Vellidou E, Konstantinidis ST, Sarafis P, Artemi S, Stergiopoulou K, Vind AM, Birsanu N, Duport S, Koutsouris D; EPoCFiNDS Consensus attendants group.J Frailty Sarcopenia Falls. 2019 Jun 1;4(2):45-50. Free PMC article.

The impact of 0.2% chlorhexidine gel on oral health and the incidence of pneumonia amongst adults with profound complex neurodisability .
Prasad R, Daly B, Manley G.
Spec Care Dentist. 2019 Sep;39(5):524-532.


Patients with a severe prolonged Disorder of Consciousness can show classical EEG responses to their own name compared with others’ names.
Kempny AM, James L, Yelden K, Duport S, Farmer SF, Diane Playford E, Leff AP.Neuroimage Clin. 2018 Apr 30;
Free PMC article.

The assessment of language and the emergence from disorders of consciousness.
Pundole A, Crawford S.Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2018 Dec;28(8):1285-1294

The role of the SMART and WHIM in behavioural assessment of disorders of consciousness: clinical utility and scope for a symbiotic relationship.
Morrissey AM, Gill-Thwaites H, Wilson B, Leonard R, McLellan L, Pundole A, Shiel A.Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2018 Dec;28(8):

Late recovery of awareness in prolonged disorders of consciousness -a cross-sectional cohort study.
Yelden K, Duport S, James LM, Kempny A, Farmer SF, Leff AP, Playford ED.Disabil Rehabil. 2018 Oct;40(20):

“Neither a wife nor a widow”: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of female family caregivers in disorders of consciousness.
Soeterik SM, Connolly S, Riazi A.
Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2018 Dec;28(8):1392-1407.

Late-recovery from “permanent” vegetative state in the context of severe traumatic brain injury: A case report exploring objective and subjective aspects of recovery and rehabilitation.
Illman NA, Crawford S.Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2018 Dec;28(8)

SMART – Recognising the value of existing practice and introducing recent developments: leaving no stone unturned in the assessment and treatment of the PDOC patient.
Gill-Thwaites H, Elliott KE, Munday R.Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2018 Dec;28(8):1242-1253

Understanding the decision-making environment for people in minimally conscious state.
Yelden K, Sargent S, Samanta J.Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2018 Dec;28(8):

Can behavioural observations made during the SMART assessment detect the potential for later emergence from vegetative state?
da Conceição Teixeira L, Gill-Thwaites H, Reynolds F, Duport S.Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2018 Dec;28(8):1340-1349.

The impact of prolonged disorders of consciousness on the occupational life of family members.
Elliott K, McVicar A.Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2018 Dec;28(8):1375-1391


The psychological impact of prolonged disorders of consciousness on caregivers: a systematic review of quantitative studies.
Soeterik SM, Connolly S, Playford ED, Duport S, Riazi A.Clin Rehabil. 2017 Oct;31(10)

The use of social media by adults with acquired conditions who use AAC: current gaps and considerations in research.
Paterson HL.Augment Altern Commun. 2017 Mar;33(1):23-31

A study of the internal construct and predictive validity of the SMART assessment for emergence from vegetative state.
Tennant A, Gill-Thwaites H.Brain Inj. 2017;31(2):185-192

If you’re interested in any of the previous neuro-research published by the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, you can find these below:

Previous publications