Did You Know?

Delirium is frequently unrecognised or misdiagnosed and is commonly mistaken for dementia, depression or other neuropsychiatric abnormalities. Delirium is commonly precipitated by an underlying acute health condition, which if identified can usually be treated.

Delirium, acute confusional state, is a common medical problem particularly in the older hospitalised person. Delirium is not a disease but a syndrome with multiple causes. This condition is a medical emergency associated with increased morbidity and mortality rates.


This website will help you to understand delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia. It will provide you with fundamental information to build on your current knowledge and encourage you to continue to construct your knowledge and clinical experiences related to delirium.

The site aims to facilitate independent learning and extend on existing knowledge. You can navigate through the information in a way that suits your individual learning preference. Vignettes are provided to represent life-like scenarios to further enhance learning.