National Guidelines for Seniors' Mental Health: The Assessment and Treatment of Delirium
Background of Issue:
Delirium is a common and serious condition encountered in older persons. This guideline deals primarily with its prevention and acute management, but it is important to note that delirium has long-term consequences. Compared to similarly aged individuals, older hospitalized persons who are delirious have a worse prognosis. They have prolonged lengths of hospital stay, worse functional outcomes, higher institutionalization rates, increased risk for cognitive decline and higher mortality rates (Leentjens & van der Mast, 2005; Rockwood, 2001). In many cases, delirium is not recognized or is misdiagnosed as another condition such as dementia or depression. The occurrence of delirium is not inevitable.
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The Delirium Guideline Development Group included the following members:
|Dr. David Hogan||Co-chair||Geriatrician|
|Dr. Laura Gage||Co-chair||Psychiatry|
|Dr. Venera Bruto||Group Member||Neuropsychology|
|Deborah Burne||Group Member||Nursing|
|Dr. Peter Chan||Group Member||Psychiatry|
|Dr. Cheryl Sadowski||Group Member||Pharmacy|
|Dr. Martin Cole||Consultant||Psychiatry|
|Dr. Susan Freter||Consultant||Geriatrician|
|Mary McDiarmid||Consultant||Library Services|
|Dr. Jane McKusker||Consultant||Epidemiology|
|Simone Powell||Consultant||Policy Analyst|
|Dr. Ken Rockwood||Consultant||Geriatric Med|