Dr. Niamh O'Regan and Janine Dougall

Dr. Niamh O’Regan, Lawson Scientist, and Janine Dougall, nurse case manager on the ACE unit.

March 13 marks the third annual World Delirium Awareness Day. Lawson researcher Dr. Niamh O’Regan aims to spread awareness of delirium.

London Health Sciences Centre - 

Did you know that up to two thirds of older patients will experience delirium when they become ill? 

Delirium is an acute confusional state that occurs because of an underlying physiological problem such as illness or injury. Symptoms of delirium differ from person to person, including memory problems, hallucinations, issues connecting to their surroundings and changes in sleep patterns. However, the key symptom of delirium is difficulty concentrating, also known as inattention.

Dr. Shannon Sibbald

Understanding these models of care can help guide implementation and better support patients

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Chronic diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are complex and require thorough care to help manage the condition. Patients often need support from an integrated team of health care professionals who work in different settings. 

Dr. Shannon Sibbald, associate scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, is leading a study to better understand integrated health care teams for chronic disease management and factors that help successful implementation. 

Dr. David D'Souza

More education is needed for patients and physicians on the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer

London Health Sciences Centre - 

Cervical cancer is a leading cause of death in women worldwide. In Canada, the number of deaths from cervical cancer has decreased by 75 per cent since introducing regular Papanicolaou (Pap) smear screening in the 1960s. Following international guidelines, Pap tests are recommended every three years for women with normal test results.