The Barriers and Facilitators to Identification of Delirium in Stroke Patients: a Focus Group Study Involving Healthcare Professionals (HCPs)

The Barriers and Facilitators to Identification of Delirium in Stroke Patients: a Focus Group Study Involving Healthcare Professionals (HCPs)

Type: Stroke

Grant holder: Ms Gail Carin-Levey, Queen Margaret University

Amount Awarded: £500

Year: 2014 - finished

Delirium (acute confusion) is a serious psychiatric complication following a stroke: patients who experience delirium are likely to stay in hospital for longer and deteriorate in physical and mental health. Early identification of delirium is crucial in its management, yet it can be challenging to identify delirium in stroke patients due to language or cognitive difficulties resultant from the stroke. This study will explore the barriers to identification of delirium after a stroke. This will inform the development of training programmes for healthcare staff to improve the rates of delirium identification, which may ultimately lead to improved outcomes for this population.