Phenomenology of Delirium in Elderly Patients with And Without Dementia
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 6754-6760
AbstractIntroduction: Delirium is an acute confusional state. Phenomenological characteristics of delirium is understudied.
Aims & objective: To compare phenomenology of delirium in elderly patients with and without dementia.
Methods: Sixty elderly patients with delirium admitted consecutively in department of geriatric mental health were recruited in the study. DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria was used for diagnosis of delirium. DeliriumRating Scale – Revised–98 and Amended Delirium Motor Subtype Scale were applied to study phenomenology of delirium. To assess pre-existing dementia, Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline-short form was applied.
Conclusions: Severity of delirium was more in patients with dementia in both cognitive and non-cognitive symptoms. No significant difference in motoric subtype of delirium was found.
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