Predictors of chronic benzodiazepine use in a health maintenance organization sample.

@article{Simon1996PredictorsOC,
  title={Predictors of chronic benzodiazepine use in a health maintenance organization sample.},
  author={Gregory E Simon and Michael Vonkorff and William Barlow and Chester Pabiniak and Edward H. Wagner},
  journal={Journal of clinical epidemiology},
  year={1996},
  volume={49 9},
  pages={1067-73}
}
While expert recommendations caution against long-term benzodiazepine use in the elderly, survey data suggest increasing benzodiazepine use with age. Computerized pharmacy records of staff-model HMO were used to examine benzodiazepine prescribing. Six-month prevalence of benzodiazepine use (2.8%) and prevalence of continued use (0.7%) were lower than earlier reports. Prevalence was higher in women and increased steadily with age. Among 7012 patients beginning benzodiazepine treatment, duration… CONTINUE READING
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