Delirium during acute illness

One-third of older adults hospitalized with acute medical problems develop delirium, and this extends to the long-term care (LTC) setting. This New York study focused on patients after illness onset in LTC and whether they were admitted to a hospital. Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) was used to diagnose delirium, physical function decline was measured, and cognitive function decline and falls were assessed. Delirium was a risk factor for cognitive function decline, but not activities of daily living function decline or falling. (Free abstract only.)

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