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Reversibility of Delirium in Palliative Care 

Reversibility of Delirium in Palliative Care
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Reversibility of Delirium in Palliative Care
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Tiffany Shaw

, and Eric Prommer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190658618.003.0010
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date: 28 June 2022

Delirium is a frequent event in patients with advanced cancer. Untreated delirium affects assessment of symptoms, impairs communication including participation in clinical decision-making. This study used specific diagnostic criteria for delirium and prospectively identified precipitating causes of delirium. The study identified factors associated with reversible and irreversible delirium. Impact of delirium on prognosis was evaluated. This chapter describes the basics of the study, including funding, year study began, year study was published, study location, who was studied, who was excluded, how many patients, study design, study intervention, follow-up, endpoints, results, and criticism and limitations. The chapter briefly reviews other relevant studies and information, gives a summary and discusses implications, and concludes with a relevant clinical case. Topics covered include delirium, neoplasms, palliative care, polypharmacy, risk factors, and therapeutics.

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