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An Unfolding Case of Delirium, Dementia, and Depression

An Unfolding Case of Delirium, Dementia, and Depression

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Michael Harper, MPH, C. Bree Johnston, MPH
John A. Hartford Foundation
National Institute on Aging
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This is an unfolding case of a man with depression (initially), dementia, and delirium. Issues of driving and dementia are explored. This has been used with students, residents, and interdisciplinary groups.

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Goal is to introduce learners to key issues in diagnosing and managing depression, dementia, and delirium. By the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Describe normal changes of cognition with aging. 2. Describe the risk factors, prevalence and clinical course of delirium, dementia, and depression. 3. Compare and contrast the clinical features of delirium, dementia, and depression. 4. List and describe common screening and diagnostic tools for delirium, dementia, and depression. 5. Describe management techniques for the above syndromes, with a focus on your own discipline.

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We have used this on 40+ learners, including practicing physicians, psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, residents, and medical students. We have used this in faculty development and residency teaching. This unfolding case takes about 1 and 1/2 hours; the material covered can be adapted to the sophistication level of the learners involved.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 4:22pm
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Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:33am
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Friday, March 30, 2018 - 5:21am
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Dr. C. Bree Johnston

Suggested Citation:
Michael Harper and Dr. C. Bree Johnston. An Unfolding Case of Delirium, Dementia, and Depression. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: