Table 2

Summary of delirium clinical practice guidelines published (1) between 2003 and 2007 (2) before 2003

Delirium guideline nameGuideline development GroupYearCountryLanguageDatabase sourceTarget patient population
Delirium: Guidelines for general hospitals55The Delirium Guidelines
Development Group
‘A multidisciplinary expert panel’
2007SwitzerlandEnglishMedline, EMBASE, PsycINFOAdult patients in general hospitals
Clinical practice guidelines for the management of delirium in older people56Clinical Epidemiology and Health Service Evaluation Unit, Melbourne Health in collaboration with the Delirium Clinical Guidelines Expert Working Group2006AustraliaEnglishGrey literatureOlder people receiving care (in hospital, community and residential care settings) aged ≥65 years, or ≥45 years in the case of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
National guidelines for seniors’ mental health: The assessment and treatment of delirium57Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH)2006CanadaEnglish/FrenchGrey literatureOlder adults ≥65 years, all healthcare settings
Symptom Guidelines: Delirium/Restlessness58Hospice Palliative Care Clinical Practice Guideline Committee, Fraser Health2006CanadaEnglishGrey literatureAdult patients ≥19 years living with advanced life-threatening illness
Guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of delirium in older people. Concise guidance to good practice series, No 659Guideline Development Group: British Geriatrics Society and Royal College of Physicians2006UKEnglishHand searchOlder people in hospital and community care settings
Detection, prevention and treatment of delirium in critically ill patients60UK Clinical Pharmacy Association2006UKEnglishHand searchCritically ill patients
(Guideline: Delirium)61Dutch Psychiatric Association. van der Mast RC et al2005NetherlandsDutchMedline, EMBASENot known due to language restriction
Clinical practice guidelines for the sustained use of sedatives and analgesics in the critically ill adult62Sedation and Analgesia Taskforce, Society of Critical Care Medicine and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists2002USAEnglishEMBASECritically ill adults
Clinical practice guideline: Delirium in the elderly63Fraser Health Authority2002CanadaEnglishGrey literatureElderly patients with delirium
Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with delirium64American Psychiatric Association1999USAEnglishMedline, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Grey literaturePatients with delirium