What education about delirium should patients and families receive?

Updated: Apr 25, 2019
  • Author: Kannayiram Alagiakrishnan, MD, MBBS, MPH, MHA; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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  • Educating families and patients regarding the etiology and course of disease is an important role for physicians.

  • Educate the patient, family, and primary caregivers about future risk factors.

  • Families may worry that the patient has brain damage or a permanent psychiatric illness. Providing reassurance that delirium often is temporary and is the result of a medical condition may be beneficial to both patients and their families.

  • Suggest that family members or friends visit the patient, usually one at a time, and provide a calm and structured environment. Encourage them to furnish some familiar objects, such as photos or a favorite blanket, to help reorient the patient and make the patient feel more secure.

  • Patient and family education materials are available here:

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