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Hebrew SeniorLife's Dr. Sharon K. Inouye elected to Institute of Medicine
Date:10/17/2011

at represents a significant threat to older patients. Throughout her career, Inouye has focused on finding ways to apply the results of her clinical investigation to improving care practices in clinical settings that impact the quality and safety of health care for seniors worldwide.

In addition to developing and validating a new instrument for identification of delirium called the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), which is now the most widely used standard in the field and is translated into 20 languages, Inouye conceptualized the multifactorial model for delirium, which focused on identification of predisposing and precipitating factors for delirium. Finally, she developed an intervention strategy to prevent delirium called the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), which was demonstrated to reduce delirium by 40% as reported in a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Currently, Inouye is directing the Successful AGing after Elective Surgery (SAGES) study, an $11 million Program Project on Delirium funded by the National Institute on Aging. The purpose of the study is to examine long-term outcomes of delirium on older adults, and represents the first NIH program project (P01) on delirium ever funded.

"I am indebted to, and accept this honor on behalf of, countless physicians, nurses, and patients who taught me and believed in the work, and to the new generation of delirium researchers who are now enthusiastically advancing this emerging field," said Inouye. "I am truly looking forward to working with the IOM to make contributions to improve the quality and safety of healthcare for all."


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Contact: Glen Gracia
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Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research
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