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Research Letter
Less Is More
November 2018

Factors Associated With Long-term Benzodiazepine Use Among Older Adults

Author Affiliations
  • 1Program for Positive Aging, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
  • 2Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 3Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 4Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(11):1560-1562. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.2413

Benzodiazepine use among older adults is common despite evidence for many potential risks. While treatment guidelines recommend short-term use of benzodiazepines, up to one-third of use is long term, which is most common among older adults.1 To reduce benzodiazepine prescribing to older adults, one potential point for intervention is at the transition from new to long-term use, yet little is known about the factors that predict conversion to long-term use.2,3

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