28 July 2010

Delirious Hospital Patients a High-Risk Group, Study Finds

Common complication may increase odds of dementia, institutionalization and death, researchers say

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In their report, published in the July 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the researchers reviewed the findings of 51 previous studies that examined the association between delirium and long-term outcomes in elderly patients. The analysis showed that patients with delirium were more likely than other patients to have died after an average follow-up of 22.7 months.


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