Delirium: assessment and treatment of patients with cancer PART 2

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Brown, Michelle and Hardy, Kersten 2016. Delirium: assessment and treatment of patients with cancer PART 2. British Journal of Nursing. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2016.25.4.S4
AuthorsBrown, Michelle and Hardy, Kersten
Abstract

Delirium at the end of life may present significant ethical dilemmas in clinical practice: whether to simply treat it in order to maximise symptom relief, with the resulting side effect being palliative sedation, or to attempt to reverse delirium and risk prolonging suffering. Determining whether the delirium can be reversed involves comprehensive assessment using established tools, which may or may not provide the answer to the question posed. This article examines the evidence surrounding several assessment tools that have been suggested as effective in identifying delirium, and the consequences of various approaches to the management of delirium in a patient with a cancer diagnosis. It also considers the impact delirium may have on the health professional and those close to the patient.

KeywordsPalliative care; End of life care; Nursing; Quality of life
Year2016
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
PublisherMark Allen Group
ISSN09660461
20522819
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2016.25.4.S4
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622182
hdl:10545/622182
Publication dates25 Feb 2016
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby and Community Staff Nurse, Derbyshire
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