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Deep Brain Stimulation: Inducing Self-Estrangement

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Gilbert, F, Deep Brain Stimulation: Inducing Self-Estrangement, Neuroethics pp. 1-9. ISSN 1874-5490 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/s12152-017-9334-7

Abstract

Despite growing evidence that a significant number of patients living with Parkisonís disease experience neuropsychiatric changes following Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) treatment, the phenomenon remains poorly understood and largely unexplored in the literature. To shed new light on this phenomenon, we used qualitative methods grounded in phenomenology to conduct in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 17 patients living with Parkinsonís Disease who had undergone DBS. Our study found that patients appear to experience postoperative DBS-induced changes in the form of self-estrangement. Using the insights from patientsí subjective perceptions of postoperative self-change provides a potent explanation of potential DBS-induced self-estrangement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:deep brain stimulation, estrangement, identity, neuropsychiatric effects, Parkinsonís disease, personality, phenomenology, responsibility, self, self-report
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied Ethics
Research Field:Ethical Use of New Technology (e.g. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Religion and Ethics
Objective Field:Bioethics
Author:Gilbert, F (Dr Frederic Gilbert)
ID Code:122775
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE150101390)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-11-28
Last Modified:2017-12-04
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