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The way in which some patients experience delirium, a confusional state, predicted mortality, according to a study by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew Senior Life.
Patients with severe hypoactive delirium, characterized by a slowdown or lack of movement and apathy, are the worst survival rates for the next six months, regardless of illness suffered.
People with slightly hypoactive delirium are more likely to die than other patients with milder symptoms.
The study, published in the journal Psichosomatics, is the first to correlate the subtypes of delirium caracteríticas or the severity of the disease.
The four sub-types of delirium are normal hypoactive, hyperactive, and mixed types combining trade items hiccups and hyperactive.
By using two standard screening tools, the researchers examined whether the classic psychomotor subtypes of delirium are reflected in the severity of delirium. In addition, it examined whether the subtypes were able to predict mortality.