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Study Shows Economic Impact of Post-Op Delirium Rivals Costs Associated with Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

Results Suggest That Delirium Has Substantial Public Health Implications

BOSTON – Results of a study published today in JAMA Surgery reveal the impact post-operative delirium has on health care costs in the U.S. Data from the study shows that if delirium were prevented or made less severe for patients, it could reduce health care costs by $33 billion per year, that is, $44,300 per patient per year. Severe delirium resulted in an additional $56,500 per patient per year, as compared to routine health care costs for older post-operative patients.

Study Shows Delirium Can Signal Presence of COVID-19 in Asymptomatic Older Patients Admitted to the Emergency Department

BOSTON – A study published today in JAMA Network Open/Emergency Medicine supports evidence that older persons admitted to emergency departments (ED), and subsequently diagnosed positive for COVID-19, often present with delirium when they show no other typical COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever and cough. Sharon K.

Study Shows Massachusetts Response to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes Helped Stem Infection Rate

State’s Innovative Program Can Serve as a National Model to Ease the Devastating Impact of Future Pandemics Like COVID-19 on Frail Nursing Home Residents

International Partnership Leverages Evidence-Based Practices to Improve Long-Term Care Quality

Study Shows U.S./Canadian Partnership is Making Strides Toward Helping Resource-Strapped Organizations Improve Patient Outcomes

Living in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Doubles Post-Op Delirium Risk for Older Adults

BOSTON - Where you live can increase your risk for experiencing delirium after surgery. So said a study that showed older adults who live in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods are two times more likely to experience delirium after surgery than their counterparts from more affluent communities. These findings by researchers from the Aging Brain Center in the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research (Marcus Institute) at Hebrew SeniorLife were published today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Study Seeks to Explain Decline in Hip Fracture Rates

Report Suggests Lifestyle Choices Play an Important Role in Hip Fracture Prevention

Researchers Work to Better Measure Delirium Severity in Older Patients

BOSTON – In a study published in the journal Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorder, researchers reported on their effort to improve and validate tools used to assess the severity of a condition called delirium, an acute confusional state often experienced by older hospitalized patients. The aim was to more accurately define methods for detecting and measuring delirium symptom severity, which could in turn lead to improved prevention and treatment for patients at risk. Sharon K.