Delirium is a common and often under-recognized syndrome of symptoms with multiple causes. It is a frequent, distressing and serious complication of advanced illness.
The symptoms can include disturbances of consciousness, changes in cognition and the onset is usually short (hours to days) and they can fluctuate with periods of lucidity.
Early recognition, investigation and management is vital in reducing the duration and severity of distress.
CareSearch - Delirium
Evidence-based information and resources on the assessment and management of delirium in palliative care, collated by CareSearch.