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Sleep Medications for the Treatment or Prevention of Delirium: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

Published on: December 9, 2016
Project Number: RB1046-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of sleep medications in older adults for the prevention and treatment of delirium?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of sleep medications in older adults for the prevention and treatment of delirium?

Key Message

One systematic review, three randomized controlled trials (RCTs), one non-randomized study, and one evidence-based guideline were identified regarding sleep medications in older adults for the prevention and treatment of delirium.

Tags

mental health, benzodiazepines, delirium, hypnotics and sedatives