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Continuing Medical Education

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Term of Approval: June 2013- May 31, 2015

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. This course is intended for the interdisciplinary members of the healthcare team in the hospital setting to improve knowledge of issues surrounding delirium in the elderly hospitalized patient.  This 23 question module focuses on the evidence behind the recognition, prevention, and management of delirium in the geriatric patient.

Target Audience:

This continuing medical education activity is designed for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists in the hospital setting.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • • Utilize the Confusion Assessment Method tool to screen for delirium
  • • Differentiate features between delirium and dementia
  • • Name at least five risk factors for delirium and techniques that target each risk factor to prevent the development of delirium
  • • Name at least three drugs that should be avoided in the geriatric patient
  • • Describe basic principles of the management of delirium, including work-up, behavioral management, and pharmacologic management.
  • • Explain the importance of documentation of delirium and ways to improve transitions of care.

Method of Participation:

This program will consist of 23 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.