Delirium is common in the last weeks or days of life. It can be distressing for patients and those around them. A clinical update explains why successful management involves excluding reversible causes of delirium and balancing drugs that may provoke or maintain delirium while appreciating that most patients want to retain clear cognition at the end of life.
Kate Adlington, clinical editor at The BMJ, is joined by the authors of the paper - Christian Hosker, consultant liaison psychiatrist at Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust, and Michael Bennett, professor of palliative medicine at the University of Leeds.
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