The THINKdelirium Project: Using an Appreciative Inquiry Approach to Help Staff Engage with Delirium Prevention

Research Review and Notes

November 2017
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Delirium is common amongst older people in hospital, but up to a third of new cases may be prevented by introducing simple preventative protocols. Addressing these preventable risk factors can seem like stating the obvious to staff: ‘But aren’t we doing that already?’ An AI approach provided a way to encourage staff to reflect and identify changes themselves. In a small-scale demonstration project, the AI process led to a significant improvement in awareness amongst the staff.


Author: Susan Gee

Dr. Susan Gee is the lead researcher for the Psychiatry of Old Age Academic Unit of the Canterbury District Health Board in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her research centres on optimising the mental health and well-being of older people and the care they receive.


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Author: Julia Bergman

Julia Bergman is training to be a clinical psychologist at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She is passionate about enhancing the well-being of older people, particular people living with a dementia.


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Author: Tracey Hawkes

Tracey Hawkes is an occupational therapist and dementia educator with the Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. Her focus is helping care staff to develop the confidence and person-centred tools to support older people to live more independent lives.


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