Risk factors for incident delirium in acute medical in-patients. A systematic review

Cull, Emily, Kent, Bridie, Phillips, Nicole and Mistarz, Renata 2012, Risk factors for incident delirium in acute medical in-patients. A systematic review, JBI library of systematic reviews, vol. 10, no. 56, Supplement, pp. 1-12.

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Title Risk factors for incident delirium in acute medical in-patients. A systematic review
Author(s) Cull, Emily
Kent, Bridie
Phillips, NicoleORCID iD for Phillips, Nicole orcid.org/0000-0002-6821-4983
Mistarz, Renata
Journal name JBI library of systematic reviews
Volume number 10
Issue number 56
Season Supplement
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health Sciences
Place of publication Adelaide, S. Aust.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1838-2142
Keyword(s) incident delirium
acute care
medical patients
risk factors
Summary Review question/objective
What risk factors are associated with incident delirium in adult patients during an acute medical hospitalisation?
More specifically, the objectives are to:
Identify and synthesise the best available evidence on the factors which are associated with delirium in adult patients admitted to acute medical facilities.

Types of participants
This review will consider studies that include adults (defined as 18 years and above) who were admitted to an acute medical setting (e.g. general medical units, stroke units, short stay units and neuromedical units) who were not delirious on admission (in order to differentiate incident delirium) but who developed incident delirium during hospitalisation

The review will exclude patients who were:
- critically ill and admitted to specialist unit e.g. ICU or CCU
- admitted for any type of surgery
- admitted for alcohol related reasons
- admitted to psychiatric facility
These patients will be excluded in order to determine factors that may be exclusive to the medical in patient setting.

Types of intervention(s)/phenomena of interest
This review will consider studies that evaluate any risk factors that may contribute to the development of delirium during in-patient hospitalisation. The review will look at factors present on admission (predisposing) and also factors that may occur during hospitalisation (precipitating) that contribute to incident delirium.

Types of outcomes
This review will consider studies that include the following outcome measures: the incidence of delirium as related to individual risk factors.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052512

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