Journal article

Prevention of Delirium in Older Adults With Dementia: A Systematic Literature Review

Linda Schnitker, Adam Novic, Glenn Arendts, Christopher R Carpenter, Dina LoGiudice, Gideon A Caplan, Donna M Fick, Elizabeth Beattie

Journal of Gerontological Nursing | SLACK INC | Published : 2020


Although dementia is the largest independent risk factor for delirium and leads to poor health outcomes, we know little about how to prevent delirium in persons with dementia (PWD). The purpose of the current systematic literature review was to identify interventions designed to prevent delirium in older PWD. Seven studies meeting inclusion criteria were extracted. Five studies were in the acute care setting and two were community settings. One study used a randomized controlled trial design. Five of the seven interventions comprised multiple components addressing delirium risk factors, including education. Two studies addressed delirium by administration of medication or vitamin supplementa..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. This research was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.