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186320 - Benzodiazepines

  • : Online

This e-learning resource aims to build capability in skills, knowledge and the management of benzodiazepine use and associated disorders. Learners will understand the effects and harms caused by benzodiazepine use and the treatment options available to patients, thereby reducing harm experienced.

Relevance to General Practice

Each year there are nearly 7 million PBS-subsidised benzodiazepine prescriptions dispensed. Clinically, they are used to treat a range of conditions including anxiety, insomnia, & muscle spasms. The quantity on each script has been increasing over the last 20 years; complications of use include: paradoxical reactions to benzodiazepines, medicine interactions, co-occurring substance use disorders & mental health conditions, and non-indicated use in persistent pain, or in young people. Latest national data indicates that pharmaceuticals are among the most misused substances with benzodiazepines the most common substance in drug-related deaths. ?There is also group of individuals who unintentionally became dependent from regular & repeat prescriptions dispensed over many years. Prescribing benzodiazepines in primary care is complex, demanding and may be uncomfortable. This e-learning module is designed to improve knowledge, confidence & empower prescribing inline with best practice.

Learning outcomes
  • Apply the biopsychosocial context to the patient presenting with benzodiazepine-use disorder to inform and guide treatment planning.
  • Describe state-based regulations regarding the safe prescribing of benzodiazepines and notifications of persons with benzodiazepine use disorder.
  • Understand benzodiazepine-specific harm reduction practices and be able to offer harm reduction advice to the patient with benzodiazepine use concerns.
  • Identify and respond to intoxication and overdose for patients with benzodiazepine use.?
  • Apply evidence-based practice to treatment planning and management for the patient in benzodiazepine withdrawal.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Addiction medicine
    186320 - Benzodiazepines
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    3 hrs
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    CPD Points
    6 cpd
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