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…  See more details below

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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.

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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

List of abbreviations
1Delirium: historical concepts and current definitions1
2Pathophysiology21
3Epidemiology32
4Clinical phenomenology42
5Differential diagnosis61
6Frequent aetiologies71
7Frequent clinical subtypes - delirium in special populations98
8Diagnostic assessment119
9Management131
10Family issues158
References183
App. 1The Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE)219
App. 2The Confusion Assessment Method (CAM)220
App. 3The Confusion Assessment Method ICU (CAM-ICU)223
App. 4The Delirium Rating Scale (DRS)225
App. 5The Delirium Rating Scale, revised, 1998 (DRS-R-98)229
App. 6The Memorial Delirium Assessment Scale (MDAS)236
App. 7The Confusion State Evaluation (CSE) Rating scale for assessment of delirium240
Index253

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