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Educating staff working in long-term care about delirium: The Trojan horse for improving quality of care?

Siddiqi, N., Young, J., Cheater, F.M. and Harding, R.A. (2008) Educating staff working in long-term care about delirium: The Trojan horse for improving quality of care? Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 65 (3). pp. 261-266. ISSN 0022-3999

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This study aimed to design a multicomponent intervention to improve delirium care in long-term care facilities for older people in the UK and to identify the levers and barriers to its implementation in practice.


The research incorporated the theoretical phase and Phase 1 of the Medical Research Council's framework. We designed a multicomponent intervention based on the evidence for effective interventions for delirium and for changing practice. We refined the intervention with input from care home staff and field visits to homes.

Our intervention incorporated the following features: targeting risk factors for delirium, a ‘delirium practitioner’ functioning as a facilitator, an education package for care home staff, staff working groups at each home to identify barriers to improving delirium care and to produce tailored solutions, a local champion identified from the working groups, consultation, liaison with other professionals, and audit or feedback.

The delirium practitioner recorded her experiences of delivering the intervention in a contemporaneous log. This was analysed using framework analysis to determine the levers and barriers to implementation.


We introduced a multicomponent intervention for delirium in six care homes in Leeds. Levers to implementation included flexibility, tailoring training to staff needs, engendering pride and ownership amongst staff, and minimising extra work. Barriers included time constraints, poor organization, and communication problems.


We were able to design and deliver an evidence-based multicomponent intervention for delirium that was acceptable to staff. The next steps are to establish its feasibility and effectiveness in modifying outcomes for residents of care homes.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Elsevier B.V. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Journal of Psychosomatic Research. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Medicine (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (Leeds)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2008 14:48
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:05
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2008.05.014
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2008.05.014
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4730

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