What is it about?

This study describes the characteristics for delirium vs nondelirium patients with or without comorbid depression, dementia or both (the 3Ds, common in patients admitted to general hospitals). We used validated tools easily administered. The group with the 3Ds together was the most common delirium group, suggesting dementia and depression are worthy of attention in them. Depression is a treatable risk factor for delirium

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Why is it important?

Many times only dementia, and not depression, is considered in the field of delirium. Unlike dementia, depression is very treatable and represents a modifiable risk factor for delirium


To improve clinical care for delirium, it is necessary to consider the diverse mental disorders (cognitive, affective) that increase the risk of suffering from it or that have the potential to worsen the prognosis of patients

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

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This page is a summary of: Practical Application of a Battery of Brief Tools to Evaluate Geriatric Medical Inpatients for the Three Ds, Journal of Neuropsychiatry, September 2023, American Psychiatric Association, DOI: 10.1176/appi.neuropsych.20230029.
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