This article represents the collective opinion of clinical experts in delirium about why delirium continues to be under recognised. This consensus statement was derived from two conference workshops and an online survey of the European Delirium Association members.
At an individual level, barriers to recognition are said to include ignorance about the benefit of treating delirium.
At an organisational level, barriers to recognition reflect socio-cultural attitudes, the low strategic and financial priority of delirium, and the way in which delirium is a condition which falls between specialties.
Teodorczuk, A. Reynish, E. [and] Milisen, K. (2012). Improving recognition of delirium in clinical practice: a call for action. BMC Geriatrics, September 14th 2012, Vol.12, 55. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].