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Evidence to Improve Care

Delirium

Care in All Settings


Delirium is a sudden change in mental status marked by confusion, inattention and altered level of consciousness. It is very common, especially among vulnerable older adults, but often goes unrecognized.

This quality standard will address care for adults (18 years of age or older) who have been diagnosed with delirium, or are suspected of having delirium, or are at risk of developing delirium. The quality standard focuses on the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and management of this condition for people across all health care settings (in hospital and through the transition to home and community; and long-term care and nursing home facilities) and health care professionals.

Health Quality Ontario is working in partnership with the Regional Geriatric Programs (RGPs) of Ontario to produce this quality standard.


The work on this quality standard started in May 2019.

For more information, contact QualityStandards@HQOntario.ca.

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