Delirium in the Elderly

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

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Abstract

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)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2018

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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