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The incidence of delirium in older people with a mood disorder is similar with lithium and valproate

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Q Is the incidence of delirium greater with lithium than valproate in older people with a mood disorder?

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Cohort study.

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Ontario, Canada, from 1993 to 2001.

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5360 people aged 66 years or older, with a mood disorder, who had not taken lithium or valproate in the previous year. Population based databases were used to identify eligible participants. People with a previous history of dementia, epilepsy, delirium, brain tumour, or schizophrenia were excluded.

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Being prescribed lithium or valproate for a mood disorder. …

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