Terminal delirium misdiagnosed as major psychiatric disorder: Palliative care in a psychiatric inpatient unit

Sabitha Aligeti, Muhammad R. Baig, Fernando F. Barrera

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Abstract

Background: Delirium is a neuropsychiatric condition characterized by acute change in cognition and disturbance of consciousness. A similar state during the final days of life is termed terminal delirium. Method: We present three cases with end-stage chronic medical problems without any significant psychiatric history who were admitted to an inpatient psychiatric unit or a locked dementia unit for management of depression, dementia, or psychosis. Conclusions: Early diagnosis of terminal delirium helps prevent patients, family members, and staff from undergoing severe emotional distress and facilitates appropriate end-of-life care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-310
Number of pages4
JournalPalliative and Supportive Care
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • End-of-life care
  • Terminal delirium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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