Dr. Kirsten Fiest's research highlighted in the news online: Caregivers Can Help Assess Whether Older Adults are Dealing with Delirium

In a new study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers set out to learn whether caregivers could use existing questionnaires and other tools to detect delirium on their own. The researchers reviewed 6,056 scientific papers about delirium screening. They specifically were looking for proven methods that caregivers could use in home settings.

The researchers identified six tools that caregivers could use. Each one took just several minutes or less to use and had 11 items or fewer to complete. Three tools could be completed by the caregiver alone.

Overall, caregiver-centered delirium detection tools enable caregivers to improve delirium detection. The tools can help to reduce the challenges that can accompany undiagnosed delirium. No risks associated with these tools have been reported.

This important research has been highlighted on the following websites:

Healthy Aging: http://www.healthinaging.org/blog/caregivers-can-help-assess-whether-older-adults-are-dealing-with-delirium/

New Medical Life Sciences: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180423/Researchers-identify-tools-that-caregivers-could-use-to-detect-delirium-in-older-adults.aspx

EurekeAlert the Global Source for Science News: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/ags-cch042318.php

Citation: Rosgen BKrewulak KDemiantschuk D, Ely EW, Davidson JE, Stelfox HTFiest KMValidation of caregiver-centered delirium detection tools: A systematic review. J Am Geriatr Society 2018 Apr 18. [Epub ahead of print].