Cognitive-disorder diagnoses in inpatient psychosomatic-medicine consultations: Associations with age and length of stay

James A. Bourgeois, Donald M. Hilty, Jacob A. Wegelin, Robert E Hales

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Abstract

Authors reviewed consecutive charts of 155 cognitive-disorder patients from a psychosomatic medicine service in 2001, analyzing factors of age, cognitive-disorder diagnosis, and length of stay. Mean length of stay for this cohort exceeded the typical hospital length of stay, and decreased with age. Increased age was associated with a decreased probability of a delirium-only diagnosis, and was strongly associated with an increased probability of a dementia diagnosis. Among those with dementia, the probability of having an additional diagnosis of delirium was unrelated to age. The case-mix of cognitive disorders differs with age, whereas cognitive disorders are associated with increased length of stay for adult patients of all ages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-420
Number of pages7
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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