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Benzodiazepine prescribing in children under 15 years of age receiving free medical care on the General Medical Services scheme in Ireland.

O'Sullivan K, Reulbach U, Boland F, Motterlini N, Kelly D, Bennett K, Fahey T - BMJ Open (2015)

Bottom Line: Rates decreased from 2002 (8.56/1000 GMS population: 95% CI 8.20 to 8.92) to 2011 (5.33/1000 GMS population: 95% CI 5.10 to 5.55).While BZD prescribing trends have decreased in recent years, this study shows that a significant proportion of the GMS children population are being prescribed BZD in the long term.This study highlights the need for guidelines for BZD prescribing in children in terms of clinical indication and responsibility, coprescribing, dosage and duration of treatment.

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Affiliation: HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, Department of General Practice, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical School, Dublin, Ireland.

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Prevalence rates of the six most frequently prescribed benzodiazepines per 1000 General Medical Services population aged 0–15 years for 2002–2011.
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BMJOPEN2014007070F1: Prevalence rates of the six most frequently prescribed benzodiazepines per 1000 General Medical Services population aged 0–15 years for 2002–2011.

Mentions: During the study period, diazepam was the most frequently prescribed benzodiazepine. Following the overall benzodiazepine trend, the prevalence decreased from 5.14/1000 GMS population (95% CI 4.86 to 5.42) in 2002 to 3.20/1000 GMS population (95% CI 3.02 to 3.38) in 2011. Rates of zopiclone, alprazolam, clobazam, zolpidem and clonazepam remained relatively stable over the 10 years (figure 1).


Benzodiazepine prescribing in children under 15 years of age receiving free medical care on the General Medical Services scheme in Ireland.

O'Sullivan K, Reulbach U, Boland F, Motterlini N, Kelly D, Bennett K, Fahey T - BMJ Open (2015)

Prevalence rates of the six most frequently prescribed benzodiazepines per 1000 General Medical Services population aged 0–15 years for 2002–2011.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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BMJOPEN2014007070F1: Prevalence rates of the six most frequently prescribed benzodiazepines per 1000 General Medical Services population aged 0–15 years for 2002–2011.
Mentions: During the study period, diazepam was the most frequently prescribed benzodiazepine. Following the overall benzodiazepine trend, the prevalence decreased from 5.14/1000 GMS population (95% CI 4.86 to 5.42) in 2002 to 3.20/1000 GMS population (95% CI 3.02 to 3.38) in 2011. Rates of zopiclone, alprazolam, clobazam, zolpidem and clonazepam remained relatively stable over the 10 years (figure 1).

Bottom Line: Rates decreased from 2002 (8.56/1000 GMS population: 95% CI 8.20 to 8.92) to 2011 (5.33/1000 GMS population: 95% CI 5.10 to 5.55).While BZD prescribing trends have decreased in recent years, this study shows that a significant proportion of the GMS children population are being prescribed BZD in the long term.This study highlights the need for guidelines for BZD prescribing in children in terms of clinical indication and responsibility, coprescribing, dosage and duration of treatment.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, Department of General Practice, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical School, Dublin, Ireland.

No MeSH data available.