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Evaluation of an easy, cost-effective strategy for cutting benzodiazepine use in general practice.

Overview of attention for article published in British Journal of General Practice, January 1994
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (78th percentile)
  • Above-average Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (59th percentile)

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Title
Evaluation of an easy, cost-effective strategy for cutting benzodiazepine use in general practice.
Published in
British Journal of General Practice, January 1994
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Authors

M A Cormack, K G Sweeney, H Hughes-Jones, G A Foot

Abstract

This study set out to assess the effect of a letter from the general practitioner, suggesting a reduction in the use of benzodiazepines, and whether the impact of the letter could be increased by the addition of information on how to tackle drug reduction. Two hundred and nine long-term users of benzodiazepines in general practice were divided into three groups: two intervention groups and a control group. The first intervention group received a letter from their general practitioner asking that benzodiazepine use be gradually reduced and perhaps, in time, stopped. The second intervention group received the same letter plus four information sheets at monthly intervals, designed to assist drug reduction: The mean age of the 209 people was 69 years (age range 34-102 years). After six months, both intervention groups had reduced their consumption to approximately two thirds of the original intake of benzodiazepines and there was a statistically significant difference between the intervention groups and the control group. Eighteen per cent of those receiving the interventions received no prescriptions at all during the six month monitoring period. The results indicate that a simple intervention can have a considerable effect on the use of hypnotic and anxiolytic drugs, even with a sample of elderly users.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 23 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 4%
United States 1 4%
Unknown 21 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 14 61%
Unspecified 5 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 22%
Other 3 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 13%
Other 9 39%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 22 96%
Psychology 6 26%
Unspecified 5 22%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 4 17%
Social Sciences 2 9%
Other 0 0%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 8. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 January 2019.
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#1,947,793
of 13,297,120 outputs
Outputs from British Journal of General Practice
#840
of 2,859 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#61,195
of 283,166 outputs
Outputs of similar age from British Journal of General Practice
#41
of 101 outputs
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