The diagnosis if delirium superimposed on Dementia; An emerging challenge

Delirium is defined in both DSM-5 and ISD-10 but no criteria is provided for it's assessment, nor for the assessment of pre existing cognitive impairment. This lack of standardised assessment has clinical and research implications and prompted the establishment of a task force to review any evidence of DSD diagnosis, clarify key elements of diagnosis and formulate a path for the future direction of research in this area. Morandi et al. (2017) describe key features of DSD, such as attentional deficits, the role of arousal and motor fluctuations, reviewing related approaches to assessment.. They also discuss the potential overlap between symptoms of specific dementias and delirium, particualry dementia with Lewy bodies. They conclude with a suggested framework for improving diagnosis of DSD and details of the research needed to support the framework.
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The diagnosis if delirium superimposed on Dementia; An emerging challenge
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2017
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Morandi, A., Davis, D., Bellelli, G., Arora, R.C., Caplan, G.A., Kamholz, B., Kolanowski, A., Fick, D.M., Kreisel, S., MacLullich, A. and Meagher, D., 2017. The diagnosis of delirium superimposed on dementia: an emerging challenge. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 18(1), pp.12-18.