Utilization of benzodiazepines and antipsychotics amongst senior citizens in Newfoundland and Labrador

Giovannini-Green, Zachary E.M. (2018) Utilization of benzodiazepines and antipsychotics amongst senior citizens in Newfoundland and Labrador. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The utilization of benzodiazepines and antipsychotics amongst senior citizens in the community and in long-term care has long been a concern for families and health care providers. The two studies presented in this thesis examined prescription patterns in seniors over sixty-five; first over time, then over geographical area. The use of benzodiazepines and antipsychotics remained stable over the three years of the study. Within the community, benzodiazepines and antipsychotics were also more prescribed in urban than rural areas. The difference in prevalence of benzodiazepine prescriptions in long-term care facilities was significant depending on the regional authority, whereas it was not significant for antipsychotic prescriptions. This research into the utilization of benzodiazepines and antipsychotics in the province is valuable because it provides a more thorough examination into utilization than has been previously undertaken in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/13241
Item ID: 13241
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: elderly, antipsychotic utilization, benzodiazepine utilization, long-term care, dementia
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Date: May 2018
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Benzodiazepines; Antipsychotic drugs; Older people--Newfoundland and Labrador
Medical Subject Heading: Benzodiazepines--therapeutic use; Antipsychotic Agents--therapeutic use; Aged--Newfoundland and Labrador; Aged, 80 and over--Newfoundland and Labrador

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