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BMC Geriatr. 2012; 12: 55.
Published online Sep 14, 2012. doi:  10.1186/1471-2318-12-55
PMCID: PMC3463439
Improving recognition of delirium in clinical practice: a call for action
Andrew Teodorczuk,corresponding author1,2 Emma Reynish,3,4 and Koen Milisen5,6
1Institute for Ageing and Health, Campus for Vitality, Newcastle University, Newcastle Tyne, England, UK
2Education Department, North Tyneside Hospital, Northumbria Healthcare Trust, North Shields, NE29 8NH, UK
3Department of Geriatric Medicine, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, UK
4Dementia Service Development Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, UK
5Centre for Health Services and Nursing Research, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
6Leuven University Division of Geriatric Medicine, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
corresponding authorCorresponding author.
Andrew Teodorczuk: Andrew.Teodorczuk/at/; Emma Reynish: Emma.Reynish/at/; Koen Milisen: Koen.Milisen/at/
Received February 6, 2012; Accepted August 31, 2012.
The purpose of this correspondence article is to report opinion amongst experts in the delirium field as to why, despite on-going training for all health professionals, delirium continues to be under recognised. Consensus was obtained by means of two conference workshops and an online survey of members of the European Delirium Association.
Major barriers to recognition at an individual level include ignorance about the benefit of treating delirium. At an organisational level, reflecting socio-cultural attitudes, barriers include a low strategic and financial priority and the fact that delirium is an orphan condition falling between specialties.
Keywords: Delirium, Education, Training, Geriatric psychiatry
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