A foundation doctor's guide to clerking the confused older patient

Winstanley, Laura, Glew, Simon and Harwood, Rowan (2010) A foundation doctor's guide to clerking the confused older patient. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 71 (Sup5). M79. ISSN 1750-8460

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Abstract

Confusion is a common cause of acute admissions, encompassing dementia, delirium and depression (Bostwick, 2000). Because of this diagnostic challenge, acute confusion is often misdiagnosed and undertreated; one study found this to be the case in 94% of older people in hospitals (Ski and O'Connell, 2006). For a foundation doctor it can be difficult to know where to start with such a patient and yet this type of admission is extremely common. This article raises awareness of the appropriate management of a patient with confusion as part of good medical practice and thus improve the quality of care for patients with dementia and delirium in hospitals.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: Jane Hale
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 12:03
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2015 12:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56011
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