Delirium in the medically ill elderly: operationalizing the DSM-III criteria.

G. L. Gottlieb, J. Johnson, C. Wanich, Eileen Sullivan-Marx

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This prospective study determined the incidence and prevalence of delirium in 235 consecutive subjects over age 70 admitted to a general medicine hospital service. The DSM-III criteria for delirium were operationalized. Using accepted screening procedures, patients were referred for evaluation by a psychiatrist who determined whether delirium was present by applying explicit operational definitions to each of the DSM-III criteria. Data on presence and severity of each of the DSM-III symptoms were recorded. Analysis of these data indicates that the DSM-III criteria describe a discrete, recognizable syndrome. However, some of the symptoms are more specific than others in identifying the syndrome in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-196
Number of pages16
JournalInternational psychogeriatrics / IPA
Volume3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1991

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Delirium
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
General Hospitals
Psychiatry
Medicine
Prospective Studies
Incidence
Population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Delirium in the medically ill elderly : operationalizing the DSM-III criteria. / Gottlieb, G. L.; Johnson, J.; Wanich, C.; Sullivan-Marx, Eileen.

In: International psychogeriatrics / IPA, Vol. 3, No. 2, 12.1991, p. 181-196.

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