Screening in delirium: a pilot study of two screening tools, the Simple Query for Easy Evaluation of Consciousness and Simple Question in Delirium

Lin, Hui-Shan, Eeles, Eamonn, Pandy, Shaun, Pinsker, Donna, Brasch, Cecily and Yerkovich, Stephanie (2015) Screening in delirium: a pilot study of two screening tools, the Simple Query for Easy Evaluation of Consciousness and Simple Question in Delirium. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 34 4: 259-264. doi:10.1111/ajag.12216


Author Lin, Hui-Shan
Eeles, Eamonn
Pandy, Shaun
Pinsker, Donna
Brasch, Cecily
Yerkovich, Stephanie
Title Screening in delirium: a pilot study of two screening tools, the Simple Query for Easy Evaluation of Consciousness and Simple Question in Delirium
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-6612
1440-6381
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12216
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 4
Start page 259
End page 264
Total pages 6
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: Delirium is poorly recognised and inadequately treated in medical settings. This research aimed to determine the psychometric properties of a newly developed tool, SQeeC against another emergent instrument, SQiD, in the screening of delirium.

Methods: The SQeeC was administered to 100 patients and SQiD administered to their informants in the general medical wards of a General Hospital. Data were compared with the reference standard geriatric consultant assessment of delirium.

Results: Compared with the reference standard, the SQeeC was found to have a sensitivity of 83% (95% CI 52–98%) and a specificity of 81% (95% CI 72–89%) with a negative predictive value of 97% (95% CI 90–100%) while the SQiD was found to have a sensitivity of 77% (95% CI 56–91%), a specificity of 51% (95% CI 37–64%) and a negative predictive value of 83% (95% CI 66–93%).

Conclusion: The SQeeC and SQiD are simple and time efficient screening tools with encouraging psychometric properties.
Keyword Delirium
Diagnosis
Screening tools
Sensitivity
Specificity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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