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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 117

of 'Psychosocial issues in advanced illness'

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Delirium in terminally ill cancer patients.
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Massie MJ, Holland J, Glass E
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Am J Psychiatry. 1983;140(8):1048.
 
Nineteen patients believed to be in the terminal stages of cancer were evaluated for signs of delirium. Six patients improved; 13 who died during hospitalization were studied until their death. Patients were interviewed three times a week using a delirium scale; medical records also were used to gather data. Eleven (85%) of the 13 patients developed delirium. In most patients, delirium was caused by multiple factors. The authors outline strategies for management of terminal cancer patients with delirium.
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