Delirium in the primary care setting
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences © 2011 Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology
Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume 65, Issue 1, pages 102–104, February 2011
How to Cite
Lixouriotis, C. and Peritogiannis, V. (2011), Delirium in the primary care setting. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 65: 102–104. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1819.2010.02165.x
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2011
- Received 25 April 2010; revised 6 September 2010; accepted 1 November 2010.
- primary care
Delirium is a complex multifactorial neuropsychiatric syndrome with a broad range of cognitive and neurobehavioral symptoms. It is associated with major adverse events and poor outcome. Little is known about delirium in the primary care setting. A retrospective chart review was carried out for the identification of ICD-10 delirium cases presented in the regional medical office of a rural area in central Greece. Nine cases of delirium, mostly the hyperactive subtype, had been recorded. The patients tended to be elderly and suffering from dementia; infections were the underlying cause in most cases. All but one patient had been successfully treated in the primary care setting.