Gender Differences in Factors Associated With Delirium Severity in Older Adults With Dementia

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Kolanowski A. M. , Hill N. L. , Kurum E., Fick D. M. , Yevchak A. M. , Mulhall P., ...More

ARCHIVES OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING, vol.28, no.3, pp.187-192, 2014 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.apnu.2014.01.004
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.187-192


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. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.