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BMC Geriatrics

, 1:4

First Online: 23 November 2001Received: 05 July 2001Accepted: 23 November 2001

Abstract

BackgroundUse of high daily doses of benzodiazepines is generally contraindicated for seniors. While both patient and physician factors may influence the use of high daily doses, previous research on the effect of patient factors has been extremely limited. The objectives of this study were to determine the one year prevalence of use of high daily doses of benzodiazepines, and examine physician and patient correlates of such use among Quebec community-dwelling seniors.

MethodsPatient information for 1423 community-dwelling Quebec seniors who participated in the Canadian Study of Health and Aging was linked to provincial health insurance administrative data bases containing detailed information on prescriptions received and prescribers.

ResultsThe standardized one year period prevalence of use of high daily doses of benzodiazepines was 7.9%. Use of high daily doses was more frequent among younger seniors and those who had reported anxiety during the previous year. Patients without cognitive impairment were more likely to receive high dose prescriptions from general practitioners, while those with cognitive impairment were more likely to receive high dose prescriptions from specialists.

ConclusionHigh dose prescribing appears to be related to both patient and physician factors.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2318-1-4 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Mary Y Egan - Christina Wolfson - Yola Moride - Johanne Monette

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