Delirium in the Elderly

Tammy T. Hshieh, Sharon K. Inouye, Esther Oh

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Delirium is defined as an acute disturbance in attention and cognition, with significant associated morbidity and mortality. This article discusses the basic epidemiology of delirium and approaches to diagnosing, assessing, and working up patients for delirium. It delineates the pathophysiology and underlying predisposing and precipitating factors for delirium. It also discusses recent advances in prevention and treatment, particularly multicomponent, nonpharmacological interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2017



  • Cognitive decline
  • Delirium
  • Delirium prevention
  • Dementia
  • Nonpharmacological interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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