Discursive Paper – The Life Course Health Development Model: A theoretical research framework for paediatric delirium

Abstract

 

Aims and objectives:
To create a framework for future research through application and critique of the Life Course Health Development Model to the phenomenon of  paediatric delirium.

 

Conclusions:
The Life Course Health Development Model depicts a process in which  the acute and severe stress of critical illness leads to maladaptive neurologic changes  that contribute to the development of delirium and impair a child’s life trajectory.

 

Relevance to clinical practice:
By emphasising the potential lifelong consequences  for critically ill children who experience delirium, this application of the Life Course  Health Development Model will stimulate discussion, research and practice change among paediatric clinicians and researchers.

 

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