Patterns of benzodiazepine prescription among older adults in Switzerland: A cross-sectional analysis of claims data

BMJ Open Jan 10, 2020

Luta X, Bagnoud C, Lambiris M, et al. - Researchers design a retrospective analysis of claims data and carried in nine cantons in order to investigate the prevalence and determinants of benzodiazepine prescription among older adults in Switzerland, and analyze correlation with hospitalization and costs. A total of 69, 005 people were involved. Nearly 20% took part and at least one benzodiazepine prescription in 2017. Prescription prevalence increased with age and was greater in women contrasted with men. A study suggests that the proportion of older adults with at least one benzodiazepine prescription was high, as determined in the data of one large Swiss health insurance company. These participants were more likely to be hospitalized for trauma and have greater healthcare expenditures. Significant variations in prescription prevalence across cantons were noted, implying potential overuse.
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