10 useful facts about delirium

The classic teaching is that it is transient, but this is not always true

Delirium has been described in the medical literature for more than two millennia yet the condition is still frequently not recognised, evaluated or managed appropriately.

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Studies comparing clinical documentation with research assessments suggest only 12-35% of delirium cases are recognised.

Here are some more useful facts about the condition:

  • The official definition of delirium in the DSM-5 requires a disturbance in attention and awareness that develops acutely and tends to fluctuate.
  • One-third of hospital patients aged over 70 have

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