Dementia And Delirium – How To Diagnose

Dementia and delirium - how to diagnose


Many people with dementia will enter residential care for respite or long term care. Some older people may develop dementia while living in residential care. Therefore, GPs are likely to see residents with the full spectrum of mild to moderate to severe dementia. General practitioners working collaboratively with other health providers play a key role in delivering high quality primary care to older people living in residential aged care settings. Delirium is (also) common in older patients, yet it is often overlooked, misdiagnosed and poorly managed. This can lead to the person experiencing falls, incontinence, malnutrition, dehydration, infections and pressure injuries. Delirium can often be prevented and can be treated and managed. As clinicians we must listen to the families of our patients when they tell us the person seems confused. If the person does not have family or friends visiting regularly, we need to be extra vigilant to detect changes in a person’s behaviour.


  1. Identify signs of cognitive impairment in patients and safety concerns when diagnoses is made
  2. Differentiate between delirium and dementia and identify major subtypes
  3. Evaluate and explore pre clinic screening tests available
Dementia and delirium - how to diagnose
  • Presenter(s):Michael Rose
  • Host:Cabrini
  • Duration:1.02.32 min
  • Activity ID:146228
  • QI&CPD Points:2
  • Provider:Cabrini

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