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Workshop focuses on improving care for elderly with acute confusion

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Helping nurses and other health care professionals care for elderly patients with acute confusion is the focus of a workshop to be held June 9 and 10 at the University of Iowa College of Nursing in Iowa City.

Featured speakers at the workshop include Marquis Foreman, associate professor of nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Virginia Neelon, associate professor of nursing and director of the Biobehavioral Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Foreman is a clinical scientist who has conducted research and written numerous papers on confusion, mental status measurement and gerontological nursing. Neelon has also investigated and published extensively on acute confusion, helping to develop and evaluate a widely used scale to measure confusion in elderly patients.

Other investigators will also present their research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of acute confusion.

"Acute confusion is a common disorder among older adults in both hospitals and long-term care settings," said workshop organizer Paula Mobily, associate professor in the College of Nursing and research coordinator for the Iowa Veterans Affairs Nursing Research Consortium. "It's frightening to individuals who experience it and is a challenging problem for those who care for them. The workshop will give health care professionals information to help them assess and manage patients who experience episodes of acute confusion."

The workshop is sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the UI and the Iowa Veterans Affairs Nursing Research Consortium. It is open to health care professionals, who can obtain continuing education credit by attending. To register for the workshop or find out more about it, call Nancy Goldsmith at (319) 335-7133, or e-mail her at <>.