Comparison of the benzodiazepines users with the general practitioners experiences

Jelizaveta Narodicka (Coresponding Author), Jeļena Daniļenko

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


Benzodiazepines (BDZ) are class of the drug that are widely used to treat anexiety and insomnia. However, regular use (>4 weeks) can cause serious side effects, such as addiction, in the public we can find people who are using BDZ more than a year.

Research questions:
What is the difference between general practitioners (GP) and BDZs users experiences?

Descriptive cross-sectional study using an online survery was conducted. Data was collected from 51 GPs and 71 BDZ users and analyzed using SPSS 27 program.

The study included 51 GPs, most of whom have been practicing for more than 20 years (64,7%) and 71 BDZ users (93% female, 7% male), the mean age - 34,6 (SD=10.62). The most prescribed BDZs in GPs practice were Bromazepam, Alprazolam and Clonazepam (94,1%, 86,3% and 35,3%), however in general population these drugs were used by respectivelly 67,6%, 70,4% and 11,3% (p=Conclusions:
The most prescribed BZDs in GPs practice differ significantly from the drugs that are used in general population. As well as there are differences between the side effect experience in GPs practice and general population, but both groups observed sleepiness as the most common side effect. The duration of the BDZ therapy was longer in general population than in GPs practice.

Points for discussion:
BDZs usage is exceeding recommended length and dosage.

To which extend the long-term use of the BDZs and its' severe side effects are related to the GPs practice?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2022
Event94th European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN) Meeting: Optimizing the organization of family medicine practice - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 12 May 202215 May 2022
Conference number: 94


Meeting94th European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN) Meeting
Abbreviated titleEGPRN Istanbul
Internet address

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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