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190978 - Benzodiazepine prescribing in general practice

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This activity is designed to support general practitioners to make benzodiazepine prescribing decisions that minimise harm and discourage inappropriate use. Participants will be presented with a range of clinical scenarios and asked to make and justify prescribing decisions.

Relevance to General Practice

Benzodiazepines have important therapeutic uses in general practice, however they are associated with a number of harms. Specifically, long-term use of benzodiazepines can lead to tolerance, dependence and other harms (eg falls, road accidents and overdose). They are also the second most misused medicine behind painkillers/analgesics and often used in combination with other drugs, increasing the risk of harm, especially due to overdose or traffic accidents.
Benzodiazepine prescribing rates and willingness to prescribe these drugs vary between clinicians and practices. The RACGP guideline Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice, Part B – Benzodiazepines outlines a framework for prescribing benzodiazepines and this learning activity will explore the recommendations in the guideline and other contemporary literature.

Learning outcomes
  • Discuss current recommendations for the use of benzodiazepines in the conditions where they are commonly prescribed.
  • List the common concerns associated with benzodiazepines.
  • Identify situations when benzodiazepines should be avoided.
  • Outline how to withdraw benzodiazepines.
  • Describe the principles of accountable prescribing, practice systems of care and patient-focused care as they apply to benzodiazepines.
  • 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

    • Rational prescribing and medication monitoring is undertaken

    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
    • Psychological health
    190978 - Benzodiazepine prescribing in general practice
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    1 hour
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