Delirium in Old Age

Hardcover | December 15, 2002

EditorJames Lindesay, Kenneth Rockwood, Alastair Macdonald

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Delirium is a cognitive disorder consisting of deficits of attention, arousal, consciousness, memory, orientation, perception, speech and language. It represents the most frequent complication of hospitalisation in the older population. Despite its importance in terms of clinical, economicand social considerations, and despite considerable advances in the past decade, it remains a relatively misunderstood and mis-diagnosed condition.This book provides a state-of-the-art update of delirium research, covering its history, conceptualisation, measurement, epidemiology, pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis, causes, prevention and management. The final chapter takes a look to the future, highlighting the importance of ongoinginterdisciplinary research.As well as being important as a clinical syndrome in its own right, the study of delirium provides a valuable opportunity to understand brain functioning at a fundamental level, and as it is a preventable condition, it is also now being used as a marker to measure the quality of hospital careprovided for older people.This volume will serve as a catalyst to revive interest and progress in delirium research and clinical care, and should be read by psychiatrists, neurologists, geriatricians and all those involved in working with the elderly in hospitals or in the community.

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Delirium is a cognitive disorder consisting of deficits of attention, arousal, consciousness, memory, orientation, perception, speech and language. It represents the most frequent complication of hospitalisation in the older population. Despite its importance in terms of clinical, economicand social considerations, and despite conside...

James Lindesay is in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Leicester, UK. Kenneth Rockwood is in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. Alastair Macdonald is in the Division of Psychiatry and Psychology, King's College, London.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:December 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The concept of delirium: historical antecedents and present meanings2. The instrumentation of delirium3. The epidemiology of delirium4. The neuropathophysiology of delirium5. Clinical assessment and diagnosis6. The causes of delirium7. The management of delirium8. The prevention of delirium9. The role of families, family caregivers and nurses10. Education about delirium11. The future