Additional Delirium Resources

We've compiled a list of additional resources related to delirium research, treatment and care. All links will open in a new tab. If you are aware of additional resources that may be helpful, please submit your suggestions via our contact page.
The information at these links was prepared by a variety of health and research organizations and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIDUS.

Links to Resources

  • AHRQ Screening for delirium, dementia, and depression in older adults
    • The National Guideline Clearinghouse, an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, developed this website containing clinical practice guidelines and related documents.
  • American Journal of Health: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Sustained Use of Sedatives and Analgesics in the Critically Ill Adult
    • Published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacist (Volume 59, Jan 15, 2002), provides clinical practice guidelines for the sustained use of sedatives and analgesics in the critically ill adult.
  • American Psychiatric Association (APA) Practice Guideline for Delirium
    • This practice guideline, developed by the APA in 1999, provides an overview to approaches for delirium as of 1999.
  • Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Delirium Management 
    • This is a 121 page guideline developed specifically for the Australian health care environment by the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Service Evaluation Unit, Melbourne Health in collaboration with the Delirium Clinical Guidelines Expert Working Group. The first set of national (Australian) clinical practice guidelines for the management of delirium in older people. (2006)
  • The British Geriatric Society: Delirium Diagnosis and Management
    • A 2006 update to previous version of “Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of delirium in the elderly,” Guidelines focus on initial identification of cognitive impairment, use of the CAM to screen high-risk patients, and to investigate possible cause of delirium
  • Critical Care Innovations Group at UCSF: Preventing Delirium
    • The Critical Care Innovations Group has created this guide on preventing ICU Delirium for critical care providers. It includes information on delirium risk factors, preventing, screening for and treating delirium.
  • Hospital Elder Life Program
    • The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) is a comprehensive, evidence-based, patient-care program that provides optimal care for older persons in the hospital. Dr. Sharon K. Inouye and her colleagues at the Yale University School of Medicine originally designed HELP to prevent delirium among hospitalized older persons.
  • Isle of Wight Cinical Guideline for Delirium Care
    • This is a summary guideline produced by Isle of Wight Healthcare, NHS Trust, to assist clinicians in routinely screening patients at risk for developing delirium and for developing appropriate plans of care and treatment.
  • National Cancer Institute - Supportive Care Statement for Health Professionals
    • The information contained on the website from NCI discusses the prevalence of delirium in elderly patients with comorbid diagnoses of cancer. The content of the site includes definitions, epidemiology, and etiology of delirium, information on the impact of delirium on patient, family, and healthcare personnel, diagnosis and monitoring of delirious patients, and disease management.
  • National Guidelines for Seniors' Mental Health: The assessment and treatment of delirium
    • The Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health facilitated the development of this 87 page document. Clinical practice guideline to improve the assessment, treatment, management and prevention of key mental health issues for seniors. Written by interdisciplinary teams of health care professionals.
  • NICE Guidelines for Delirium
    • Clinical Guidelines for Delirium published by the NHS National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. The recommendations in the NICE guideline cover the care of adults (18 and over) with, or at risk of, delirium in hospital and in long-term residential care or a nursing home. The guidelines describe methods of preventing, identifying, diagnosing and managing delirium.
  • Registered Nurse's Association: Screening for delirium, dementia, and depression in older adults
    • This is a 2003 document from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, which includes nursing best practice guideline for screening of delirium, depression and dementia in older adults.
  • Vanderbilt ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group
    • This site, developed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Veterans Affairs TN Valley Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), provides information on delirium in the intensive care setting. Also included is an online training manual for the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU), a delirium monitoring instrument for ICU patients.

Delirium Bibliography

This searchable delirium bibliography page created by the Hospital Elder Life Program is an index of  over 2,000 delirium-related research articles, updated on a monthly basis. It can allow you to quickly gain access to the literature on delirium and acute care of older persons.  It is primarily intended for clinicians and researchers interested in exploring these topics.
Click here to open the Delirium Bibliography
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