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Rev Med Chil. 2012 Jul;140(7):847-52. doi: 10.4067/S0034-98872012000700003.

[Delirium in older medical inpatients: a one year follow up study].

[Article in Spanish]

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Programa de Geriatría, Departamento de Medicina Interna, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. mcarras@med.puc.cl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Delirium is an important problem in older medical inpatients.

AIM:

To assess if delirium is associated with higher mortality, functional decline or higher rates of readmission or institutionalization in a one year follow-up period.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Prospective cohort study of consecutive patients 65 years and older, admitted to a general hospital medical ward. A psychogeriatric team assessed patients every 48 h using the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), functionality, acute severity and comorbidity scores. Analysis of one year mortality and telephone functional assessment was performed.

RESULTS:

Five hundred forty two patients were enrolled and 35.4% had delirium. After one year, mortality was 34.9 and 13% in delirium and non-delirium cohorts, respectively (p < 0.01). After adjustment for covariates, delirium was independently associated with higher mortality, and higher functional decline and institutionalization. No significant differences were seen in readmission rates.

CONCLUSIONS:

Delirium was significantly associated with higher mortality and functional decline over a one year follow up period in geriatric inpatients.

PMID:
23282695
DOI:
10.4067/S0034-98872012000700003
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