Gender differences in factors associated with delirium severity in older adults with dementia.
- Author(s): Kolanowski, Ann M;
- Hill, Nikki L;
- Kurum, Esra;
- Fick, Donna M;
- Yevchak, Andrea M;
- Mulhall, Paula;
- Clare, Linda;
- Valenzuela, Michael
- et al.
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The purpose of this descriptive correlational study was to explore potential gender differences in the relationship of dementia severity, age, APOE status, cognitive reserve and co-morbidity (two potentially modifiable factors), to delirium severity in older adults. Baseline data from an ongoing clinical trial and a Poisson regression procedure were used in the analyses. Participants were 148 elderly individuals with dementia and delirium admitted to post-acute care. In women, delirium severity was related to dementia severity (p=0.002) and co-morbidity moderated that effect (p=0.03). In men, education was marginally associated with delirium severity (p=0.06). Implications for research are discussed.
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