Choosing the Right Delirium Assessment Tool

Malissa A. Mulkey, Donna W. Roberson, D. Erik Everhart, Sonya R. Hardin

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Delirium is an increasing concern with current combined annual costs for the United States and Europe of approximately $350 billion. Although standardized definitions and diagnostic criteria exist, more than 80% of delirium in the acute care setting is overlooked or misdiagnosed. Delays in identification result in increases in severity and mortality and a reduction in quality of life. Selecting an assessment tool is the first step toward improving recognition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-348
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • acute care
  • assessment
  • critical care
  • delirium
  • nursing
  • screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medical–Surgical


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