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Psychosomatics. 2009 Jul-Aug;50(4):309-16. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.50.4.309.

Symptoms of depression and anxiety after delirium.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Avenue, Box 356896, Seattle, WA 98104, USA. ddavydo1@u.washington.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Delirium is a common problem in hospitalized patients.

OBJECTIVE:

The author investigated the relationship between in-hospital delirium and subsequent depressive and anxiety symptoms.

METHOD:

A literature search and review using MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, and PsycINFO was performed.

RESULTS:

Eight studies were eligible. Five studies found significant associations between delirium episodes and subsequent symptoms of depression and/or anxiety.

CONCLUSION:

Psychological distress is common after delirium, warranting comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

PMID:
19687169
DOI:
10.1176/appi.psy.50.4.309
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