OPTIC: OPTimising the prevention, identification and management of ICU Delirium

Project Details


Delirium is a severe state of confusion that develops suddenly in about 2 out of 3 patients who spend time in the intensive care unit (ICU). Typical symptoms include altered levels of awareness, difficulty thinking, paying attention, and remembering, as well as hearing
and seeing things that are not there. Delirium is distressing for patients and their families and it is challenging for healthcare staff to manage. Patients with delirium are more likely to stay longer or die in hospital. Although intensive care unit delirium typically clears
after a few days, it can lead to long-term mental health problems including post-traumatic stress disorder, and has been linked to the onset of dementia. Research that aims to prevent and treat delirium has been deemed a priority by both healthcare professionals and
the government.
Aims of the proposed research:
The overall aim of this Development Work is to undertake the “groundwork” to allow our research team to identify the uncertainties in the care of patients in ICUs with delirium and design a Programme Grant that addresses them. There are several work packages
(WPs) that make up this grant. This study focuses on WP2 – an interview study with healthcare professionals with experience of ICU delirium to find out why they do, or do not use existing delirium diagnosis tools and care-packages.
Alternative titleOPTIC
Effective start/end date1/06/2430/11/24


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