Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Multicomponent Delirium Intervention that Incorporates the Family Caregivers in the Acute Care Setting: a Randomized Controlled Trial

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Chairperson

Kerry Milner, DNSc

Committee Member

Illene Staff, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Susan DeNisco, DNP


Background: Delirium affects a significant number of hospitalized adults each year resulting in negative patient outcomes and family caregiver distress. Clinical identification of delirium by nurses and use of family caregivers as part of a multi-component delirium prevention strategy are not consistently implemented in the practice setting. Objectives: To incorporate the family caregiver into an existing multicomponent delirium prevention, detection, and management protocol and evaluate the impact on delirium incidence, falls, length of stay (LOS), and family caregiver distress. To evaluate the relationship between the family caregiver's SQiD (Single Question in Delirium) answer and nurses' CAM assessment. Design: A randomized controlled pilot study.


A practice dissertation presented to the faculty of the College of Nursing, Sacred Heart University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice.