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Smaller Quantity Benzodiazepine Prescribing for the Elderly or Patients with Mental Illness: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

Last updated: June 21, 2019
Project Number: RA1040-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Reference List
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of prescribing benzodiazepines in smaller quantities for elderly patients or patients with mental illness?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines associated with benzodiazepine prescribing for elderly patients or patients with mental illness?

Key Message

One non-randomized study and three evidence-based guidelines were identified regarding benzodiazepine prescribing in smaller quantities for elderly patients or patients with mental illness.