Developing an intervention for the prevention and management of delirium in hospice inpatients units: A targeted behaviour change approach 

Delirium is a common and distressing condition among people admitted to hospices. There has been little research into ways to prevent and manage delirium in hospices.  This project aims to develop an intervention to improve the prevention and management of delirium in hospices. Interviews and observation are being carried out in two hospices to learn more about staff and volunteers’ current practice of delirium care and what may need to change. The findings from this qualitative work, as well as evidence, guidelines and expert consensus, will be drawn upon to develop an intervention to improve care of delirium. A hospice working group will help to develop the intervention. A behaviour change framework will be used to support intervention development.