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Invited Commentary
April 2015

Delirium and the “Know-Do” Gap in Acute Care for Elders

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(4):521-522. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.7786

Approximately 40% of all adult hospital admissions and 50% of all costs for acute care are attributed to patients 65 years and older.1 Unfortunately, complications from hospitalization are fairly common for this population. Delirium is a powerful case in point: as many as 50% of older adults will experience an episode of delirium during acute care, with costs in excess of $164 billion per year.2,3

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