Article Title

Unpacking agitation in practice: a call for greater precision

Abstract

Key points

  • Agitation is a term often used but no unified conceptualisation prevails.

  • The term agitation covers a broad range of behaviours.

  • The information relayed is not accurate enough to properly assess or treat a patient.

  • The term often signifies a value or even moral judgement.

  • We propose that clinicians avoid the imprecision of the term agitation in complex clinical scenarios.

Keywords

Agitation, Behaviours, Unified conceptualisation, Jargon definition

Link to Publisher Version (URL)

10.1093/ageing/afaa110

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