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Benzodiazepines in schizophrenia: Is there a trend towards long-term prescribing?

  • Carol Paton (a1), Stuart Banham (a1) and John Whitmore (a2)
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Aims and Method

We sought to determine the prevalence of long-term benzodiazepine prescribing in patients with schizophrenia occupying psychiatric rehabilitation beds. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 11 National Health Service trusts.

Results

Almost10% of patients occupying rehabilitation beds had a diagnosis of schizophrenia and received long-term benzodiazepines in combination with one or more anti-psychotics.

Clinical Implications

Our results are consistent with those of other authors and show that benzodiazepines are frequently used inthe long-term in patients with schizophrenia despite a lack of open acknowledgement of this practice and a paucity of objective data to support its efficacy.

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Benzodiazepines in schizophrenia: Is there a trend towards long-term prescribing?

  • Carol Paton (a1), Stuart Banham (a1) and John Whitmore (a2)
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