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Commentary on: Garcez FB, Apolinario D, Campora F et al. Delirium and post-discharge dementia: results from a cohort of older adults without baseline cognitive impairment. Age Ageing 2019;48:845–51.
Implications for practice and research
As many as one in three older people who experience delirium in a hospital setting may go on to develop dementia.
Delirium is associated with longer term cognitive impairment but there has been limited research or evidence about its impact on older people.
Future research on dementia prevention should consider delirium as a modifiable risk factor.
Delirium is a disorder that is characterised by a rapid deterioration of mental function triggered by a medical disorder or environmental change.1 Delirium has distressing effects and can lead to long-lasting …
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