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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Continuing Medical Education


Term of Approval: January 2014 - December 31, 2015
Peer Review: In November 2013, this internet enduring material was reviewed by Robert Jackson, MD, Internal Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital, Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College to ensure its continued scientific relevance.  
Dr. Jackson has nothing to disclose.

Initial Term of Approval: January 2012- December 31, 2013
Peer Review: In August 2011, this internet enduring material was reviewed by Timothy Boone, MD, PhD, Chairman, Department of Urology, Houston Methodist Hospital.
Dr. Boone has nothing to disclose.

Program Overview:

Studies have shown that in patients over age 70, there is a 14-24 percent prevalence of delirium upon admission and a 6-54 percent incidence of delirium in the hospital. However, delirium is missed frequently and is coded at very low levels.  The low recognition factor vs. actual incidence is one the most significant problems in geriatrics. Clinicians do not recognize delirium as a severe problem, do not know how to diagnose it, and are unaware that it may be prevented with improved methods of care. By using an educational intervention that will include a commonly used diagnostic screening algorithm for delirium and delivering this intervention to all members of the health care team, we hope to significantly increase the rate of recognition of delirium.

Target Audience:

This continuing medical education activity is designed for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists in the hospital setting.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Recognize risk factors for development of delirium
  • State possible adverse outcomes related to delirium
  • Use the Confusion Assessment Method tool to screen for delirium
  • List strategies to prevent delirium
  • Implement appropriate management techniques in the hospital

Method of Participation:

This program will consist of 20 multiple-choice questions on delirium in the geriatric patient in the hospital setting. The module will begin with two questions every other day in a single email from Qstream.


The funding for the creation of this educational module is by the Texas Consortium Geriatric Education Center (TCGEC) at Baylor College of Medicine. Founded in 1985, the TCGEC is one of 48 such centers funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. 

The funding for the ongoing administration and continuing education credits for this educational module is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS- 1C1-12-0001 from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.