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Mental Health and Illness of the Elderly

Part of the series Mental Health and Illness Worldwide pp 1-31

Date: Latest Version

Delirium

  • Walter J. KilpatrickIIIAffiliated withTufts University School of MedicineBaystate Medical Center Email author 
  • , Benjamin LiptzinAffiliated withTufts University School of MedicineBaystate Medical Center

Abstract

Currently, the elderly remain at high risk for the development of delirium and the significant morbidity and mortality associated with it in all care settings. While significant advancements have been made through research and collaboration among clinicians in diverse specialty fields, some controversies still remain. The initial literature search performed for the chapter revealed over 3000 articles published from January 1990 to May 2016. The initial list was refined to around 200 original research articles for review. This chapter summarizes the controversies, collaborations, and recent advancements in the management of delirium in the elderly.

Keywords

Delirium Management Prevention Treatment Elderly ICU