October 2013.

This Evidence Check review provides a summary of interventions which appear to present good practice in caring for patients with cognitive impairment in acute hospital settings. These include screening, ‘dementia friendly’ environments, volunteers to assist patients, and multi-component non-pharmacological interventions to prevent delirium. The review was commissioned by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care as a supporting document to the draft handbook Improving safety and providing high quality care for people with cognitive impairment.