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Delirium in an adult acute hospital population: predictors, prevalence and detection
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    Prevalence and predictors of delirium
    • Niamh A. O'Regan, Geriatric Medicine Research Fellow
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      • Daniel Ryan, David Meagher, and Suzanne Timmons

    Sir, we read with interest the recent response to our study of delirium point prevalence from Zieschang and colleagues, Heidelberg, Germany[1]. Zieschang et al have described a delirium prevalence of 15.6% in their study population of older hyponatraemic patients and normonatraemic controls admitted to a step-down facility, and note that our hospital-wide point prevalence was higher at almost 20%[2].


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    Prevalence and predictors of delirium
    • Tania Zieschang, Geriatrician
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      • Marcia Wolf, Peter Oster, Daniel Kopf

    The point prevalence of delirium in an acute care facility in Ireland was described with 20% for the 280 patients enrolled in the study. Prevalence was the highest on the geriatric ward (8/15 patients, 53%) and in patients >80years of age (24/69 patients, 34.8%) [1]. Delirium prevalence appears to be very high when compared to our own data set (Clinical trial registration: DRKS00004280). In a case-control-study, which...

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