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Table 3 Performance of physicians’ informal delirium ratings pre and post-test

From: Screening, detection and management of delirium in the emergency department – a pilot study on the feasibility of a new algorithm for use in older emergency department patients: the modified Confusion Assessment Method for the Emergency Department (mCAM-ED)

Pre-test Post-test
  Gold standard*    Gold standard*  
Physicians’ ratings Delirium No delirium Total Physicians’ ratings Delirium No delirium Total
Delirium 5 2 7 Delirium 3 7 10
No delirium 6 56 62 No delirium 2 107 109
Total 11 58 69 Total 5 114 119
Sensitivity: 0.45 Sensitivity: 0.6
Specificity: 0.97 Specificity: 0.94
  1. *The research assistants’ ratings with the mCAM-ED, confirmed by the senior emergency physician’s re-assessment served as gold standard.