In this meta-analysis, patients who experienced delirium were almost twice as likely to die or be institutionalized within about 2 years, even after adjusting for confounders. Although delirium is temporary, it is important to discuss (with the patient or family) the implications of prognosis in those that experience it (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.