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The Neglect of Persons with Severe Brain Injury in the United States: An International Human Rights Analysis.

TitleThe Neglect of Persons with Severe Brain Injury in the United States: An International Human Rights Analysis.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsEzer, Tamar, Wright Megan S., and Fins Joseph J.
JournalHealth Hum Rights
Volume22
Issue1
Pagination265-278
Date Published2020 Jun
ISSN2150-4113
Abstract

Brain injury contributes more to death and disability globally than any other traumatic incident. While the past decade has seen significant medical advances, laws and policies remain stumbling blocks to treatment and care. The quality of life of persons with severe brain injury often declines with unnecessary institutionalization and inadequate access to rehabilitation and assistive technologies. This raises a host of rights violations that are hidden, given that persons with severe brain injury are generally invisible and marginalized. This article highlights the current neglect and experiences of persons with severe brain injury in the United States, analyzing the rights to life, health, benefit from scientific progress, education, freedom of expression, community, family, and equality.

Alternate JournalHealth Hum Rights
PubMed ID32669806
PubMed Central IDPMC7348445

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