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Preventive Strategies Protect Against Delirium

Delirium – the sudden onset of confusion frequently seen in older patients – can increase a person’s risk of falls, lead to prolonged hospital stays and may contribute to over $164 billion in healthcare costs.

A new study led by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research suggests that delirium is also preventable, and that non-medication strategies can reduce risk and improve outcomes. This meta-analysis of 14 studies involving multi-component non-pharmacologic interventions is published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine.