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Delirium

Shirley H. Bush, Bruno Gagnon and Peter G. Lawlor

in Palliative Medicine

Third edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694143
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694143.003.0139
Delirium

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This chapter looks at a case study to show the desired skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to diagnose and manage delirium in palliative care patients. It considers several issues such as: How common is cognitive impairment in patients with advanced cancer? What are the core criteria for a diagnosis of delirium? What are the additional associated clinical features? How might the history and physical assessment help to clarify the diagnosis? What are the major aetiological factors associated with delirium in the palliative care setting? What is the pathogenesis of delirium?

Keywords: palliative care; medical education; case studies; patient care; cognitive impairment; pathogenesis

Chapter.  6805 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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