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Increasing delirium skills at the front door: results from a repeated survey on delirium knowledge and attitudes

Jenkin, RPL; Al-Attar, A; Richardson, S; Myint, PK; MacLullich, AMJ; Davis, DHJ; (2016) Increasing delirium skills at the front door: results from a repeated survey on delirium knowledge and attitudes. Age and Ageing , 45 (4) pp. 517-522. 10.1093/ageing/afw066. Green open access

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Background: delirium is under-recognised in comparison to other common and serious acute disorders. A 2006 survey of UK junior doctors (not undertaking specialist training) identified poor knowledge of the diagnostic criteria and treatment of delirium. We hypothesised that increased prominence accorded to delirium in the form of national initiatives and guidelines may have had an impact on understanding among junior doctors. Objective: we repeated a multi-centre survey of knowledge of and attitudes to delirium in junior doctors (not undertaking specialist training) assessing unselected acute medical presentations (the ‘medical take’). Design: questionnaire-based survey in 48 acute hospitals in UK and Ireland. Methods: we used questionnaires designed to test understanding of delirium, including prevalence, knowledge of the DSMIV diagnostic criteria, use of specific screening tools, association with adverse outcomes and pharmacological management. Results: one thousand two hundred and fifteen trainee physicians participated. Compared with the 2006 cohort, improvements were seen in 9 of 17 knowledge-based questions and overall score improved in the 2013 cohort. Nonetheless, significant deficits in knowledge, particularly for the diagnostic criteria for delirium, remained. Conclusions: despite improvements in some aspects of delirium knowledge, the diagnostic criteria for delirium remain poorly understood. Challenges remain in ensuring adequate training for junior doctors in delirium.

Type: Article
Title: Increasing delirium skills at the front door: results from a repeated survey on delirium knowledge and attitudes
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afw066
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afw066
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Geriatrics Society. All rights reserved.This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Age and Ageing following peer review. The version of record Jenkin, RPL; Al-Attar, A; Richardson, S; Myint, PK; MacLullich, AMJ; Davis, DHJ; (2016) Increasing delirium skills at the front door: results from a repeated survey on delirium knowledge and attitudes. Age and Ageing , 45 (4) pp. 517, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afw066
Keywords: Delirium, education, survey, questionnaire, older people
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1497174
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