Delirium in older patients

important determinant of hospital outcome

Lloyd David Hughes, Miles Witham, Alasdair MacLullich

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    Abstract

    It used to be assumed that delirium was transient and a benign process. However, this assumption is
    wrong with recent evidence showing that independent of age, dementia, illness severity and
    functional status, delirium predicts multiple adverse outcomes. This case highlights some of the
    challenges in diagnosing and treating older patients with an acute confusional state.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)92-94
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of the Indian Academy of Geriatrics
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Hughes, Lloyd David ; Witham, Miles ; MacLullich, Alasdair. / Delirium in older patients : important determinant of hospital outcome. In: Journal of the Indian Academy of Geriatrics. 2012 ; Vol. 8, No. 2. pp. 92-94.
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