Research Conducted at the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation
The prime focus at the Bradford Institute for Health Research is on clinically relevant health services research directly addressing the national priorities of elderly care and stroke.
One such research programme is:
Development of an Educational Intervention for Improving Delirium Prevention and Management
This research project is summarised as follows (quotation; taken from the Bradford Institute for Health Research website, December 5th 2010):
“Delirium is a syndrome of acute, fluctuating confusion, which commonly affects older people who are unwell, and is associated with poorer outcomes, but has the potential to be prevented.
Delirium is especially common in older people when they are admitted to hospital, but it has been found that hospital staff know little about delirium, are poor at detecting it, and are therefore poor at preventing and managing it.
Two preliminary trials have shown that it is possible to improve outcomes for hospitalized older people by preventing the development of delirium in about one third of patients using education and ward-based changes in care. These encouraging studies are, however, “proof of concept” studies that used interventions that are not generalisable in the UK.
An intervention has been developed by a national multidisciplinary research team co-ordinated in Leeds and based on the previous intervention studies and best practice delirium guidelines recently published by the Royal College of Physicians. It involves an educational package for hospital ward staff, and a system of care on the wards aimed at preventing delirium and improving its management. A study is underway at York Hospital, led by Professor John Young and Dr Rachel Holt, to test the effectiveness of this intervention.”
About the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation
Professor John Young, an elderly care consultant physician and Professor of Elderly Care Medicine, is head of the unit.
Deborah King (Office Manager)
Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation
Bradford Institute for Health Research
Temple Bank House
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Telephone: 01274 383406
Fax: 01274 382766