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Delirium in a residential care facility: An exploratory study of staff knowledge

Buettel, A, Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 and Bramble, M ORCID: 0000-0001-6552-1171 2017 , 'Delirium in a residential care facility: An exploratory study of staff knowledge' , Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol. 36, no. 3 , pp. 228-233 , doi: 10.1111/ajag.12452.

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Objective: To explore staff knowledge of delirium byeliciting meaning through descriptions of their experienceswithin a residential aged care facility (RACF).Methods: Six staff from one RACF in Australiaparticipated in this qualitative study. Semi-structuredindividual interviews were conducted and analysed usingColaizzi’s analytical framework.Results: The analysis revealed four themes: (i) absence ofthe word delirium; (ii) care based on intuition andautomated actions; (iii) reliance on teamwork; and (iv)confusing delirium, depression and dementia.Conclusion: Delirium was absent from clinical discoursein the RACF. Although participants concluded thatdelirium was common, lack of knowledge led to underassessment.Findings emphasise the need for staffeducation, informed assessment and clinical guidelines tobetter support staff care for residents.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Buettel, A and Cleary, M and Bramble, M
Keywords: carers, delirium, education, homes for the aged, nurses.
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1440-6381
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ajag.12452
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