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J Interprof Care. 2014 Jul;28(4):345-51. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2014.891979. Epub 2014 Mar 4.

Interprofessional education for delirium care: a systematic review.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto , Toronto, Ontario , Canada .


Recent delirium prevention and treatment guidelines recommend the use of an interprofessional team trained and competent in delirium care. We conducted a systematic review to identify the evidence for the value of interprofessional delirium education programs on learning outcomes. We searched several databases and the grey literature. Studies describing an education intervention, involving two or more healthcare professions and reporting on at least one learning outcome as classified by Kirkpatrick's evaluation framework were included in this review. Ten out of 633 abstracts reviewed met the study inclusion criteria. Several studies reported on more than one learning outcome. Two studies focused on learner reactions to interprofessional delirium education; three studies focused on learning outcomes (e.g. delirium knowledge); six studies focused on learner behavior in practice; and six studies reported on learning results (e.g. patient outcomes), mainly changes in delirium rates post-intervention. Studies reporting changes in patient outcomes following the delirium education intervention used an interprofessional practice (IPP) intervention in combination with interprofessional education (IPE). Our review of the limited evidence suggests that IPE programs may influence team and patient outcomes in delirium care. More systematic studies of the effectiveness of interprofessional delirium education interventions are needed.


Interprofessional care; interprofessional education; interprofessional outcomes; systematic review

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