Journal article

Relationship between antidepressant and anxiolytic/hypnotic prescribing: a mixed-methods study.

Jill Morrison, Mary-Jane Anderson, Sara Mac Donald, Margaret Maxwell, Rosalia Munoz-Arroyo, Andrew Power, Michael Smith, Matthew Sutton, Philip Wilson

Eur J Gen Pract | Published : 2008


BACKGROUND: Antidepressant prescribing has dramatically increased in Scotland, and the cause is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if the increase in antidepressant prescribing coincided with a reduction in prescribing of anxiolytics and hypnotics; to investigate this relationship at practice level; and to explore whether general practitioners (GPs) explain the increase by their increased use for anxiety. METHODS: STUDY DESIGN: analysis of routine prescribing data and interviews with GPs. SETTING: Scottish general practices. PARTICIPANTS: 942 practices included in the analysis. Sixty-three GPs in 30 practices completed interviews. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Quantity of antidepressants, anxiolyt..

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