PMID: 11975692Apr 27, 2002

Use of night-time benzodiazepines in an elderly inpatient population

Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
M Ramesh, G Roberts


To examine benzodiazepine prescribing for sleep induction in an elderly medical inpatient population to determine if hospital prescribing may have encouraged benzodiazepine use following discharge. Secondary objectives included assessment of quality of sleep in hospital compared with home and monitoring for possible benzodiazepine side-effects. Inpatient and discharge prescribing of benzodiazepines used for sleep induction were recorded in two medical wards over a 3-month period. A questionnaire was used to obtain information on patients' sleep patterns at home and in hospital. A follow-up telephone survey at 2-3 weeks post-discharge was made for those patients who were prescribed benzodiazepine at discharge. Benzodiazepines were prescribed for 20% of patients with 94% of prescriptions being for temazepam. Of the 54 patients prescribed benzodiazepines during admission, 57% were not taking a benzodiazepine at home prior to their hospital admission. At discharge, 14 patients were prescribed benzodiazepines for home use, eight of whom had not used them at home previously. On follow-up none of these eight patients expressed a desire to continue benzodiazepine use for sleep induction. There was a significant (P < 0.05) reduction in ...Continue Reading


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