A screening tool makes delirium detection faster and easier in older hospitalized patients and home hospice patients, according to two new AHRQ-funded studies. Delirium, while challenging to diagnose, is often reversible; improving delirium recognition and treatment can improve patient outcomes and quality of life, according to study authors. As an alternative to neurocognitive interviews conducted by staff, the Delirium Observation Screening scale allowed faster identification of delirium. One study tested the tool in hospitalized patients ages 65 and older; the other tested the tool’s ability to identify delirium in home hospice patients. In both settings, the tool was an accurate way to screen for delirium in older and vulnerable populations. Read the abstract of “Validation of the Delirium Observation Screening Scale in a Hospitalized Older Population,” which appeared in the July issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Read the abstract of “Validity of the Delirium Observation Scale in Identifying Delirium in Home Hospice Patients,” which appeared online July 13 in the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine.Validation of the delirium observation screening scale in a hospitalized older population. - PubMed - NCBI
J Hosp Med. 2016 Jul;11(7):494-7. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2580. Epub 2016 Mar 11.
Validation of the delirium observation screening scale in a hospitalized older population.
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