Most medical organizations recommend against the use of benzodiazepine use for the treatment of insomnia, especially in the elderly. However, the percentage of the adult population on benzos increase with age: 7.5% in adults ages 51-64; 9% in adults over 65. Alternative therapies for insomnia, including online CBT, require more commitment than taking a medication so many patients opt for medication. This project aims to increase awareness of benzodiazepine use for insomnia and provide support for nonpharmacological therapies.
Benzodiazepine, insomnia, elderly patients
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Pyon, UnChan, "Reducing Benzodiazepine Use for the Treatment of Insomnia and Supporting Nonpharmacological Therapies" (2019). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 323.