Delirium Dichotomy: A review of recent literature


Delirium remains a commonly occurring problem for older people and staff in acute care settings. The aim of this review of current literature is to find contemporary evidence on which to base practice modalities.

Although the literature provides an exposition of the concerns with which practitioners are currently faced and highlights the consistent themes identified, there is little research evidence regarding the effectiveness of treatment protocols for the management of older people with delirium in acute care setting.


Sue Brown
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, James Cook University, Cairns QLD

Mary FitzGerald
Nursing Practice Development, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Tasmania, Launceston TAS


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delirium, older adults, acute care, assessment


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