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Factors that predict long-term benzodiazepine Use identified

Factors that predict long-term benzodiazepine Use identified

Sleep of poor quality, long-term prescription and white race are key factors that predict the conversion to long-term use of benzodiazepine in the elderly, a practice that is strongly linked to poor results, including death.



Dr. Lauren Gerlach

The results emphasize the need to "start with the end in mind" when prescribing a benzodiazepine, author Lauren B. Gerlach, DO, a geriatric psychiatrist and assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and the program for positive aging, University from Michigan, Ann Arbor, told Medscape Medical news.

This means "starting with a short-term prescription and involved patients when discussing when their symptoms need to be re-evaluated and start tapping the patient," she said.

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