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How common is delirium in older adults?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Delirium -- a state of mental confusion -- occurs in 10% to 20% of all hospitalized patients and in up to 50% of those undergoing hip fracture surgery, but it's under-diagnosed and undertreated. This puts older adults at risk, because the condition is associated with poor health outcomes, including postsurgical complications, longer hospital stays and an increased mortality rate.

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