Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) Resources

Caring for a loved one with a disorder of consciousness can be challenging. At TIRR Memorial Hermann, we are here to provide a range of resources to help you understand your family member or friend’s condition and how you can be supportive.

What are Disorders of Consciousness?

Patients with a disorder of consciousness have severely impaired levels of awareness and wakefulness. These patients may be in a coma, a vegetative state, or a minimally conscious state. Disorders of consciousness may occur after suffering a severe brain injury or stroke. The DoC Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann is intended for patients who are either still unconscious or have just recovered consciousness and may or may not be able to communicate.

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Families and caregivers can benefit from understanding the unique needs of DoC patients so they can feel comfortable interacting and helping. These resources contain information about patients’ visual and auditory abilities, how to communicate, and how to find emotional support while caring for someone with a disorder of consciousness.

DoC 101: An Overview of Disorders of Consciousness

Patient & Caregiver Resources

Professional Resources

DoC Rehabilitation

The Program applies state-of-the-art advances to assess and treat patients to help maximize their potential recoveries and outcomes.

DoC Patient Stories

Patients of TIRR Memorial Hermann tell their stories from working with TIRR Memorial Hermann specialists and beyond.

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Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) Rehabilitation
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