Views of general practitioners and benzodiazepine users on benzodiazepines: A qualitative analysis

Parr, J. M., Kavanagh, D. J., Young, R. M. and McCafferty, K. (2006) Views of general practitioners and benzodiazepine users on benzodiazepines: A qualitative analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 62 5: 1237-1249. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.07.016

Author Parr, J. M.
Kavanagh, D. J.
Young, R. M.
McCafferty, K.
Title Views of general practitioners and benzodiazepine users on benzodiazepines: A qualitative analysis
Journal name Social Science & Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0277-9536
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.07.016
Volume 62
Issue 5
Start page 1237
End page 1249
Total pages 13
Editor E. Annandale
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321021 Psychiatry
730211 Mental health
Abstract Effectively assisting benzodiazepine users to cease use requires a greater understanding of general practitioners' (GPs) and benzodiazepine users' views on using and ceasing benzodiazepines. This paper reports the findings from a qualitative study that examined the views of 28 GPs and 23 benzodiazepine users (BUs) in Cairns, Australia. A semi-structured interview was conducted with all participants and the information gained was analysed using the Consensual Qualitative Research Approach, which allowed comparisons to be made between the views of the two groups of interviewees. There was commonality between GPs and BUs on reasons for commencing benzodiazepines, the role of dependence in continued use, and the importance of lifestyle change in its cessation. However, several differences emerged regarding commencement of use and processes of cessation. In particular, users felt there was greater need for GPs to routinely advise patients about non-pharmacological management of their problems and potential adverse consequences of long-term use before commencing benzodiazepines. Cessation could be discussed with all patients who use benzodiazepines for longer than 3 months, strategies offered to assist in management of withdrawal and anxiety, and referral to other health service providers for additional support. Lifestyle change could receive greater focus at all stages of treatment. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Social Sciences, Biomedical
General Practitioners
Withdrawal Management
Long-term Use
Q-Index Code C1

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