Gender differences in factors associated with delirium severity in older adults with dementia

Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2014 Jun;28(3):187-92. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2014.01.004. Epub 2014 Feb 5.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Alzheimer Disease / diagnosis
  • Alzheimer Disease / nursing
  • Alzheimer Disease / psychology
  • Comorbidity
  • Delirium / diagnosis*
  • Delirium / nursing*
  • Delirium / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Characteristics*
  • Statistics as Topic