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Background: delirium is a medical emergency affecting approximately 30% of hospitalised older patients. Recent work examining UK undergraduate medical curricula highlighted inconsistencies in the delivery of teaching on delirium. The aim of this project was to develop consensus agreement on a delirium curriculum for medical undergraduates.Methods: a modified Delphi process was used to determine consensus amongst experts in an iterative manner. Experts at the European Delirium Association Conference (London, 2015) were invited to participate. Participants were asked to consider: (i) What should be taught? (ii) How should teaching be delivered? (iii) Who should deliver the teaching? (iv) Where should the teaching be delivered? (v) When should the teaching be delivered? Delphi rounds continued until consensus on curriculum content (defined as 80% agreement) was achieved.Results: consensus was reached after three rounds. A recurrent theme was the need to involve patients, families and carers to help drive attitudinal change. The final curriculum, along with data pertaining to agreement with each curriculum item during the Delphi process, is presented.Conclusion: this Delphi process enabled an international group of experts from a broad range of specialties, to reach consensus agreement on the components of an undergraduate curriculum for delirium. The curriculum represents an important step in the development of delirium education within medical training. Despite competing demands of increasingly crowded undergraduate curricula, delirium, given its relevance to 21st century healthcare, must be prioritised. We call on Medical Schools to consider integrating this delirium curriculum into their degree programmes.
Author(s): Copeland C, Fisher J, Teodorczuk A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Age and Ageing
Print publication date: 01/01/2018
Online publication date: 09/08/2017
Acceptance date: 02/06/2017
ISSN (print): 0002-0729
ISSN (electronic): 1468-2834
Publisher: Oxford Academic
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