How noisy hospitals make dementia WORSE: Confusion of busy waiting rooms 'accelerate cognitive decline for patients with Alzheimer's'
Posted on 26th January 2017 at 11:45
Noisy hospitals can accelerate the course of dementia in elderly patients, experts have found. The confusion of busy waiting rooms or seeing different doctors and nurses can send patients into a rapid decline, according to a major study.
The research, led by University College London and the University of Cambridge, is the first to show that becoming acutely confused and disorientated - a condition known as delirium - can accelerate cognitive decline among patients with dementia. Patients who enter this state often reveal the onset of dementia for the first time.