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Clin Geriatr Med. 1998 Nov;14(4):745-64.

Delirium in hospitalized older patients.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06504, USA.

Abstract

Delirium is a common, serious problem for hospitalized older patients. Recognition of delirium poses challenges requiring cognitive assessment and knowledge of the clinical course. Delirium often is of multiple causes and is associated with a poor long-term prognosis. Nonpharmacologic approaches for delirium management are recommended; pharmacologic management should be reserved for patients who pose a danger to themselves or others. Importantly, delirium and its complications may be preventable through a targeted risk factor approach.

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