To MOTYB or not to MOTYB?

Assessment of delirium in the elderly is paramount for appropriate & effective management of in-patients.  A bed-side test that quickly and reliably  ascertains delirium

is important, especially in a busy hospital environment.  Once diagnosed, appropriate investigations could be instigated and management implemented.  In an upcoming issue of JNNP,

O’Regan and colleagues establish a potential diagnostic utility of a simple clinical tool termed MOTYB (months of years backwards).  Importantly, this simple tool for assessing attention appeared to be the most accurate of the tests, being compared to the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) and the Delirium Rating Scale-Revised 98 (DRS-R98).


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