Online module

Delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia

40 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

Delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia introduces the symptoms of delirium and how they compare with dementia as well as tools and tests for identifying delirium.

Cost free

This module has prerequisite requirements

Further details below

Suitable for people working in:

Primary Care,  Acute Care

This module is part of the course:

The view from here - acute care

Delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia

Delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia

This module is part of the course, The view from here: skills in dementia care for acute settings. Enrol in this module or complete the full course.


Before undertaking this module you will need to complete the following:

This module explains delirium and how it presents in people with and without dementia in the acute care setting.

We explore risk factors for delirium and compare delirium and dementia.

We look at some tools for identifying delirium and use video scenarios showing cognitive interviews to establish if delirium is present in patients with and without dementia.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe key features of delirium
  • Differentiate between symptoms of delirium and dementia
  • Describe how symptoms of delirium may overlay those of dementia in cases of delirium superimposed on dementia.

Continuing Professional Development

A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon successful completion of this module.


The View from Here was developed by:

  • Frederick Graham, Metro South Health
  • Sandra Jeavons, Elizabeth Miles and Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Dementia Training Australia, QUT

It is based on a face-to-face education program of the same name previously developed by Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre.

The View from Here has been reviewed by clinicians and academics with expertise in dementia care in acute care settings, delirium management and learning design.

The View from Here was developed with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

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Version history

Published: 29 Oct 2019
Updated: 14 Jul 2023

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