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Discontinuation of Benzodiazepines and Other Sedative-Hypnotic Sleep Medication in Hospitalized Patients: Clinical Evidence and Guidelines

Last updated: September 25, 2015
Project Number: RB0916-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of strategies to discontinue the use of benzodiazepines prior to or at the time of hospital discharge?
  2. What is the clinical effectiveness of strategies to discontinue the use of sedative-hypnotic sleep medication prior to or at the time of hospital discharge?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the discontinuation of benzodiazepines prior to or at the time of hospital discharge?
  4. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the discontinuation of sedative-hypnotic sleep medication prior to or at the time of hospital discharge?
  5. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of standing orders for sleep medication for hospitalized patients?

Key Message

No relevant literature was identified regarding strategies to discontinue the use of benzodiazepines or sedative-hypnotic sleep medication prior to or at the time of hospital discharge.