Commentary: Prevention and management of delirium in older Australians: The need for the integration of carers as partners in care

Christina Aggar, Alison Craswell, Kasia Bail, Roslyn M. Compton, Khoka Hamiduzzaman, Golam Sorwar, Mark Hughes, Jennene Greenhill, Lucy Shinners, James R. Baker

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Abstract

Despite being the most common hospital-acquired complication (35.7 per 10,000 admissions) in Australia, with a healthcare cost of $8.8 billion, assessment of hospital-acquired delirium remains ineffective.1,2 Delirium is a common and often preventable condition characterised by a sudden decline in a person's baseline mental function, evident by confusion, and changes to behaviour and level of consciousness.3 Studies report undiagnosed rates of delirium as high as 66% in older adults, and up to 87.5% in cases where dementia is also present.3,4
Original languageEnglish
Article number100598
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific
Volume27
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Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

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