This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:
To determine the effect of benzodiazepines on hospitalised adults with delirium
To examine the incidence and types of adverse effects of benzodiazepines
To examine the number of withdrawals among benzodiazepine treated and control patients
To examine the number of patients withdrawing from treatment because of adverse effects of benzodiazepines
To examine adverse drug effects of benzodiazepines as they confound the evaluation of the response of delirium to treatment
To examine the effect of benzodiazepines of different classes (eg, short-acting, intermediate acting, long acting) on the course of delirium.
To determine if response to benzodiazepines is influenced by:
The cause of delirium: surgery, infection, stroke, drugs
The character of delirium: hypoactive, hyperactive
The presence of previous cognitive impairment
Dose of drug
Duration of treatment
Age of the patient.