Delirium is associated with a prolonged ICU stay, a greater risk of death during ICU stay, and a poorer prognosis after discharge. Guidelines with comprehensive recommendations are available for the management of delirium in the ICU, including the management of pain and agitation, using an integrated and multidisciplinary approach. However, these guidelines are not routinely used in clinical practice despite their proven benefit.
Implementation science offers tools and processes to improve the routine use of guidelines. The aim of the study described in this thesis was to investigate various aspects of the implementation of delirium guidelines. This study was coined the ‘ICU Delirium in Clinical Practice Implementation Evaluation’ (iDECePTIvE) study, and six ICU departments from the South-West Netherlands region participated.

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Keywords delirium, guideline, implementation
Promotor J. Bakker (Jan) , E. Ista (Erwin) , M. van der Jagt (Mathieu)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
ISBN 978-94-6361-306-4
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Note For copyright reasons there is a partial embargo for this dissertation
Trogrlić, Z. (2019, September 26). Implementation of Delirium Guidelines at the Intensive Care Unit. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from