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Managing delirium in everyday practice: towards cognitive-friendly hospitals

  • Henry O'Connell, Sean P. Kennelly, Walter Cullen and David J. Meagher

Summary

Providing optimal healthcare for increasingly elderly hospital populations who have high rates of cognitive disorder is a great challenge. Using delirium as an example, we describe how improved management of acute cognitive problems through a multifaceted hospital-wide programme can promote cognitive-friendly hospital environments. A specific plan of action is described that spans interventions in day-to-day clinical care of individual patients all the way to wider organisational practices.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the concept of cognitive friendliness and how addressing the problem of delirium can contribute to this in our healthcare system.
  2. Become more aware of specific aspects of a cognitive-friendly programme and how these can be implemented in practice.
  3. Explore the key outstanding issues for research that can further enhance our awareness of cognitive-friendly practices.

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Corresponding author

Professor David Meagher, Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, Ireland. Email: David.Meagher@ul.ie

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For a commentary on this article, see pp. 390–391, this issue.

Declaration of Interest

W.C. and D.J.M. are in receipt of grant funding from the Health Research Board (Ireland).

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Managing delirium in everyday practice: towards cognitive-friendly hospitals

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