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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 benzodiazepines per 1000 General Medical Services population aged 0–15 years for 2002–2011 classified by gender and age group.
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BMJOPEN2014007070F2: Prevalence rates of benzodiazepines per 1000 General Medical Services population aged 0–15 years for 2002–2011 classified by gender and age group.

Mentions: Figure 2 shows the prevalence rates of benzodiazepines for all years for males and females and all age groups (0–4, 5–11 and 12–15). The interactions between age group×year (p<0.01) and age group×gender (p<0.01) were significant. This means that the effect of age group on the prevalence of benzodiazepines differed over the years, and over males and females separately. Significant differences were observed between males and females for all age groups; males had higher rates at 0–4 and 5–11 years, whereas females had higher rates at 12–15 years. Additionally, significant differences were seen for all years between age groups whereby 12–15 years had significantly higher rates of prescribing than 0–4 years and also 5–11 years.


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 benzodiazepines per 1000 General Medical Services population aged 0–15 years for 2002–2011 classified by gender and age group.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4466624&req=5

BMJOPEN2014007070F2: Prevalence rates of benzodiazepines per 1000 General Medical Services population aged 0–15 years for 2002–2011 classified by gender and age group.
Mentions: Figure 2 shows the prevalence rates of benzodiazepines for all years for males and females and all age groups (0–4, 5–11 and 12–15). The interactions between age group×year (p<0.01) and age group×gender (p<0.01) were significant. This means that the effect of age group on the prevalence of benzodiazepines differed over the years, and over males and females separately. Significant differences were observed between males and females for all age groups; males had higher rates at 0–4 and 5–11 years, whereas females had higher rates at 12–15 years. Additionally, significant differences were seen for all years between age groups whereby 12–15 years had significantly higher rates of prescribing than 0–4 years and also 5–11 years.

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.