Recommendation ID

Delirium assessment tools:
What is the diagnostic accuracy, and ease of implementation, of different delirium assessment tools:

  • for people with pre-existing cognitive impairment, for example dementia, learning disability or severe depression
  • for people who do not speak English as a first language
  • in different settings, for example emergency departments, residential care homes or virtual consultations
  • when delivered by different types of health and social care practitioners, for example healthcare assistants or allied health professionals such as paramedics?
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

For a short explanation of why the committee made this recommendation for research, see the rationale section on assessment and diagnosis.

Full details of the evidence and the committee's discussion are in evidence review A: diagnostic accuracy of tests to identify delirium.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Delirium: prevention, diagnosis and management in hospital and long-term care
Date issued
July 2010

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/01/2023