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191574 - Acute confusion in the elderly - causes and management implications

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This module aims to provide an overview of diagnosis and treatment of acute confusion or delirium in the elderly in both community and aged care facilities. It also covers the legal, ethical and practice management implications when managing a confused elderly patient.

Relevance to General Practice

Elderly patients make up a large proportion of GP attendances. GPs are well placed to notice any changes in an elderly patient’s state of mind and cognitive abilities. GPs need to identify the likely cause of confusion through appropriate clinical assessment and investigation, and then treat accordingly. GPs also need to be aware of their ethical and legal obligations when treating elderly confused patients.

Learning outcomes
  • List the common causes of confusional states in elderly patients.
  • Outline an appropriate approach to clinical assessment and initial investigations for patients presenting in acute confusional states (delirium).
  • Outline the principles of managing delirium, including key legal, ethical and practice management considerations.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
    • Residential care
    191574 - Acute confusion in the elderly - causes and management implications
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    1 hour
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    2 cpd
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