A GP guide to deprescribing in delirium

Delirium is a common, distressing and serious condition in older patients that is often caused by medications.

Delirium is an acute and fluctuating disorder of attention, awareness and cognition affecting up to 50% of older people in hospital.

Previously, delirium was considered to be benign and readily reversible, however, recent research shows delirium can cause irreversible functional decline, nursing home admission and death.2