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Delirium in Elderly Patients

  • Ahmet Turan Isik
  • George T. Grossberg


  • Provides up-to-date, evidence-based information of relevance to daily clinical practice

  • Describes the approach to delirium from a variety of perspectives

  • Includes case vignettes, delirium assessment tools, and a list of drugs associated with the disorder


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Derya Kaya
    Pages 1-5
  3. Pinar Soysal, Ahmet Turan Isik
    Pages 7-18
  4. Ahmet Turan Isik
    Pages 39-48
  5. Neil Evans, George T. Grossberg
    Pages 59-76
  6. Pinar Soysal
    Pages 125-129
  7. Ahmet Turan Isik, George T. Grossberg
    Pages C1-C1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 131-139

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive, scholarly, and practical account of delirium that will be of value for all doctors and nurses involved in the care of the elderly. It not only offers a state of the art update on delirium, covering its history, epidemiology, pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis, causes, prevention, and management, but also presents evidence-based and practical information relevant to daily clinical routine. Owing to the complex multifactorial causes of delirium, different aspects of delirium in the elderly are discussed from a variety of perspectives. The book closes by presenting a series of case vignettes, delirium assessment tools and screening scales, and a list of those drugs highly associated with delirium.

Delirium is a cognitive disorder characterized by deficits in attention, arousal, consciousness, memory, orientation, perception, speech, and language. It is a common and serious problem among older persons at every healthcare interface. Although it occurs in 10–60% of the older hospitalized population, delirium remains a relatively misunderstood and misdiagnosed condition. This book will be of interest to professionals working in geriatrics, geriatric psychiatry, general psychiatry, or neurology, internists, intensive care unit specialists, and all who care for the elderly in hospitals or the community.


Acute Mental Changes Cognitive Disorders Confusion Assessment Method Confusion Assessment Tool Confusional State Delirium Dementia Geriatric Emergency Geropsychiatry

Editors and affiliations

  • Ahmet Turan Isik
    • 1
  • George T. Grossberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geriatric MedicineDokuz Eylul University, School of MedicineIzmirTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Neurology and PsychiatrySaint Louis University, School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

About the editors

Dr. Ahmet Turan ISIK finished his graduation from Gulhane Military Medical Academy in 1995. He received specialist training in internal medicine in 2002 and became a specialist in internal medicine. In 2007, He completed geriatric side branch education and became a geriatrician. He had completed postgraduate studies both in the country and abroad on cognitive disorders and dementia (dementia) syndromes, especially Alzheimer's disease in the ages. He received associate professor position on December 2006 and Professor Title on March 2012. He is currently serving as the Head of the Department of Geriatrics at Dokuz Eylul University Medical Faculty. He is also director of Unit for Brain Aging and Dementia in the same department. He is also a part-time faculty member at the Faculty of Health Sciences of Eastern Mediterranean University. His research interests reflect in his wide range of publications in various national and international journals. He is also author of many international and national books.

Bibliographic information

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Internal Medicine & Dermatology


“This book provides a comprehensive, scholarly, and practical account of delirium and it is interested and useful for professionals working in geriatrics, psychiatry, neurology, internists, and intensive care units.” (Mirna Peco, Alcoholism and Psychiatry Research, Vol. 54 (01), June, 2018)