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memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology 1/2021

Clinical characteristics and treatment of delirium in palliative care settings

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memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology > Ausgabe 1/2021
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MD Filipe Portela Millinger, MD Matthäus Fellinger
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Delirium is commonly seen in palliative care. It usually develops over a short period of time and is characterized by a disturbance of attention and awareness. As delirium is associated with increased mortality, prevention and early identification of this severe neurocognitive disorder is of high clinical relevance. This paper provides a brief overview of risk factors, preventive measures, current screening and diagnostic procedures, as well as nonpharmacological and pharmacological treatment options of delirium in the palliative care setting.

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