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Delirium in Older Adults
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2021 (Open) Submit Now
Catherine Travers, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers (DCRC: CC), School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Research Interests: Aging; dementia; geriatric cares; cognitive impairment; frailty; delirium; nursing; interventions to improve older people’s quality of life
About This Topic
Delirium is a common and serious condition amongst older people that is associated with a range of adverse consequences including falls, cognitive and functional decline and increased morbidity and mortality. While it is most often due to a medical condition (that may indicate a medical emergency requiring prompt intervention), causes are numerous and often multifactorial. It is frequently present at admission to hospital in older patients and is common following major surgery (particularly hip fracture and cardiac surgery). Yet, despite its seriousness, delirium is often under-recognized and consequently under-treated.
Although delirium can be difficult to detect, in part due to its abrupt onset, fluctuating nature and varied presentation, there is evidence that it can be prevented and appropriately managed to optimize patient outcomes. Ensuring that delirium is not overlooked with potentially fatal consequences means clinicians must be familiar with, and have a high index of suspicion for the condition in older patients.
This special issue of OBM Geriatrics aims to highlight the importance of delirium in older people and bring together the latest research about the condition in a single forum to inform researchers and clinicians alike. Submissions in relation to any aspect of delirium in older adults including its prevalence across various settings, its etiology, diagnosis, prevention and management as well as examples of effective interventions are welcome. Review articles as well as articles that provide critical new insights about the condition, are particularly welcome.
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