6 delirium assessment tools pass critical muster

  • Jones RN & al.
  • JAMA Intern Med
  • 17 Dec 2018

  • curated by Susan London
  • Clinical Essentials
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Takeaway

  • 6 of 42 available tools (instruments) for assessing delirium severity meet high-quality criteria for use in routine clinical practice and research.

Why this matters

Key results

Study design

  • Systematic review of 42 tools used to assess delirium severity.
  • Prespecified criteria: frequency of use, methodologic quality, construct validity, broad domain coverage.
  • Main outcome: meeting all criteria.
  • Funding: National Institutes of Health; Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair.

Limitations

  • Some authors participated in tool development.
  • Other search strategies may have identified different tools.
  • Recently published tools disadvantaged by limited time for use.

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