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The Delirium Bibliography: A Critical Resource & Your One-Stop Shop!

Contributed by Maggie Webb, BA, Research Associate, Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife

We are thrilled to announce that the NIDUS website is now home to a widely used resource in the delirium clinical and research community: the Delirium Bibliography! Specifically designed for busy clinicians, the Delirium Bibliography is your one-stop shop for searching articles on a variety of delirium-rated topics. This important resource has already gained substantial traction in the delirium community (with nearly 4,000 website hits in 2018!) and is designed for maximum ease of use.

What is the Delirium Bibliography? The Delirium Bibliography is a searchable online library of studies on delirium and acute care of older persons, including original articles, systematic reviews, and relevant reviews and editorials. From biomarkers for delirium and dementia to mixed-methods studies on patient and caregiver experiences, the bibliography covers a wide variety of delirium-related topics.

Formerly hosted by the Hospital Elder Life Program, the bibliography is an excellent tool for finding delirium articles quickly and efficiently with a simple search function.  Whether you are looking for a specific article or performing an expedited literature review, the Delirium Bibliography has you covered.

Need quick information? With over 3,000 articles to date, the bibliography is updated each month after a thorough search of the literature by members of the NIDUS team. Each article is indexed by keywords taken from MEDLINE and other relevant databases. Simply click on an article to gain access to an abstract and a PubMed ID number for easy location. As an exciting upcoming feature, by January 2020 all articles will be linked so that with one click you will be directed to PubMed and, when available, PMC full text.

Need a background reference? Clinicians interested in learning more about a particular topic in delirium or acute care for older persons can quickly search the database by keyword, title, authors, or year published. The Delirium Bibliography can also prove useful for new and experienced researchers alike, providing background information in various delirium topics through a general search of keywords or pinpointing a particular article.

Need some statistics on delirium? Expert clinician and delirium researcher Dr. Sharon Inouye says, “I have used this bibliography countless times to write background sections for papers and grants, to prepare for upcoming talks, to gather data for speaking with journalists, to help colleagues who need specific information on different topics. In a way, this bibliography is my ‘go to’ place to expand my knowledge base – like my ‘peripheral brain,’ in a sense!”

How frequently do you add new citations? New articles are added to the bibliography on a monthly basis. The NIDUS team screens articles from PubMed, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and other relevant databases to select good quality, relevant articles for the delirium community. We exclude most case studies, comments, and letters to the editor. We are also eager to note that as of Fall 2019, we will begin including references on pediatric delirium in addition to those on older adult populations!

Can you use the Delirium Bibliography in conjunction with other NIDUS resources? Absolutely! If you have not already, click over to the Delirium Research Hub, a large database of delirium studies. The Research Hub is a great way to find collaborators, among many other uses. Try searching for articles in the Delirium Bibliography, and head over to the Research Hub to see if you can contact the author of the study for data sharing!

Can’t figure out which delirium screening tool to use with your patients or in your study? Try the NIDUS Measurement Cards, providing quick information on 22 adult delirium measurement tools. Once you have selected screening instruments that you would like to consider, try searching the Delirium Bibliography for studies that use those instruments to help make your final choice.

We are thrilled to be sharing this important resource with you! We encourage everyone to try it out, and email us at if you have any questions or comments.

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