One potential approach to probing this relationship is to study patients who are hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU), as these patients are at high risk for developing both disorders. In fact, the cognitive sequelae which develop in intensive care unit delirium survivors is a defining feature of a common, debilitating disorder known as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). The Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine strives to understand the relationship between intensive care unit delirium and dementia.
With millions of people impacted worldwide, dementia costs individuals hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Research is urgently needed to identify at-risk individuals and target interventions to reduce the public health burden of dementia.
million people worldwide affected by dementia
billion-dollar global cost