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Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Patterns of hypnotic medication use for sleep disturbance amongst hospital inpatients.


PMID 22773413

Abstract

The objective of this article is to examine patterns of temazepam prescribing amongst inpatients at a Sydney teaching hospital. The study involved a retrospective file audit of 98.8% (n=410) of patients discharged from psychiatry, medical, surgical and obstetric and gynaecology wards of Nepean Hospital during a one-week period. Data was collected on patient demographics, temazepam and other sedative-hypnotic use, falls risk and analgesia use. Sixteen per cent (n=64) of patients were prescribed temazepam during their stay. All patients from the psychiatry wards had been prescribed temazepam. Fifteen per cent (n=6) of falls risk patients had been prescribed temazepam. Temazepam prescription was associated with an increased length of stay, psychiatry and surgical wards, and higher use of analgesia. Temazepam continues to be a frequently prescribed medication in the acute psychiatry setting. Its frequent prescription to patients in surgical wards and to those prescribed analgesic agents indicates that it still has a role in settling patients to sleep in the hospital setting.

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