Journal article

BENZODIAZEPINE USE AS A CAUSE OF COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT IN ELDERLY HOSPITAL INPATIENTS

A FOY, D OCONNELL, D HENRY, J KELLY, S COCKING, J HALLIDAY

The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences | GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY AMER | Published : 1995

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Benzodiazepine drugs are used very frequently by the elderly and have been associated with a number of untoward events in them. In an earlier publication, we showed that there was an association between benzodiazepine use and episodes of confusion in hospital. The purpose of this study was to examine that association in more detail by studying only patients with intact cognitive function on admission and by taking into consideration a range of demographic, drug use, and clinical confounders. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was carried out of inpatients who had normal cognitive function on admission to hospital. The subjects were 418 hospital inpatients who had a normal result..

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