Clinicians’ Experiences and Perceptions of Benzodiazepine Prescribing in Primary Care

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Project title Clinicians’ Experiences and Perceptions of Benzodiazepine Prescribing in Primary Care: A Meta-Synthesis
Funding body  College of Social Science Research Fund
Total funding £1500
Team 
  • Professor Niro Siriwardena (Professor of Primary and Pre-hospital Care, University of Lincoln)
  • Miss Coral Sirdifield (Research Assistant, University of Lincoln)
  • Dr Susan Chipchase (Lecturer, University of Lincoln)
  • Dr Sibyl Anthierens (Post-doc researcher, University of Antwerp)
  • Dr Hanne Creupelandt (University of Ghent)
  • Professor Thierry Christiaens (GP, Ghent)
Overarching aim To synthesise findings from qualitative research studies which explore clinicians’ experiences and perceptions of benzodiazepine prescribing
Objectives  To build an explanatory framework for differences in benzodiazepine prescribing practice
Methods Systematic review of the literature to identify relevant papers. Appraisal of study quality using the CASP. A meta-synthesis using the thematic synthesis approach. Data analysis in NVivo 8
Outcomes  We built an explanatory framework for differences in benzodiazepine prescribing which could be used to inform future research, and as the basis for guidance and/or interventions to reduce inappropriate prescribing of benzodiazepines
Outputs Sirdifield, Coral and Anthierens, Sibyl and Creupelandt, Hanne and Chipchase, Susan and Christiaens, Thierry and Siriwardena, A. Niroshan (2013) General practitioners’ experiences and perceptions of benzodiazepine prescribing: systematic review and meta-synthesis. BMC Family Practice (14). p. 191.
Impact 
  • The study has raised awareness of inappropriate prescribing of benzodiazepines
  • We have also suggested ways in which inappropriate prescribing by primary care practitioners could be reduced

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