Delirium: Acute Confusional States in Palliative Medicine

Delirium: Acute Confusional States in Palliative Medicine

by Augusto Caraceni, Luigi Grassi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192631993

ISBN-13: 9780192631992

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Delirium is a complex syndrome with a multifactorial aetiology and it is characterized by marked disturbances of consciousness, attention, memory, perception, thought, sleep-wake cycle, and by fluctuation of symptoms. Its assessment and management must be individualised based on both a biomedical understanding of the disease and its comorbidities, and an

Overview

Delirium is a complex syndrome with a multifactorial aetiology and it is characterized by marked disturbances of consciousness, attention, memory, perception, thought, sleep-wake cycle, and by fluctuation of symptoms. Its assessment and management must be individualised based on both a biomedical understanding of the disease and its comorbidities, and an understanding of prognosis, risks and benefits of treatment. Every intervention must be informed by a critical understanding of the changng goals of care. These complexities are all explored in this book.

This book outlines the historical basis of delirium, provides a clear clinical definition of the syndrome, discusses the pathophysiology, reviews the assessment techniques and examines the opportunities for management. It aims to provide palliative care physicians and specialist nurses, neurologists, psychiatrists, and other health professionals treating terminally ill patients with a clear account of how to recognise and deal with the syndrome.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192631992
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

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