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Delirium Severity in the Hospitalized Patient: Time to Pay AttentionDelirium Severity in the Hospitalized Patient: Time to Pay Attention

Kathryn J. Eubank, MD; and Kenneth E. Covinsky, MD, MPH
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From University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, California.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funders or the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Grant Support: From the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and the National Institute on Aging, including the UCSF Older Americans Independence Center (P30AG044281) and a MidCareer Research and Mentoring Award (K24AG029812; Dr. Covinsky).

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-0553.

Requests for Single Reprints: Kathryn J. Eubank, MD, 4150 Clement Street, Building 203, Room 1B-77, San Francisco, CA 94121; e-mail, kathryn.eubank@ucsf.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Eubank and Covinsky: Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 4150 Clement Street, Suite 181G, San Francisco, CA 94121.

Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(8):574-575. doi:10.7326/M14-0553
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