Delirium in Advanced Cancer Patients Often Goes Undetected in the Emergency Department
A new study indicates that delirium is relatively frequent and underdiagnosed by physicians in patients with advanced cancer visiting the emergency department. Delirium was similarly common among older and younger patients, which suggests that in the setting of advanced cancer, all patients should be considered at higher risk for delirium. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.
Full Citation: “Delirium Frequency Among Advanced Cancer Patients Presenting to an Emergency Department: A Prospective Randomized Observational Study.” Ahmed F. Elsayem, Eduardo Bruera, Alan Valentine, Carla L. Warneke, Sai-Ching J. Yeung, Valda D. Page, Geri L. Wood, Julio Silvestre, Holly Holmes, Patricia A. Brock, and Knox H. Todd. CANCER; Published Online: (DOI: 10.1002/cncr.30133).
Editorial: “Cancer Patients With Delirium in the Emergency Department: A Frequent and Distressing Problem That Calls for Better Assessment.” Peter G. Lawlor. CANCER; Published Online:(DOI: 10.1002/cncr.30132).