Journal article

Choosing wisely? Quantifying the extent of three low value psychotropic prescribing practices in Australia

Jonathan Brett, Helga Zoega, Nicholas A Buckley, Benjamin J Daniels, Adam G Elshaug, Sallie-Anne Pearson

BMC Health Services Research | BMC | Published : 2018


BACKGROUND: The global Choosing Wisely campaign has identified the following psychotropic prescribing as low-value (harmful or wasteful): (1) benzodiazepine use in the elderly, (2) antipsychotic use in dementia and (3) prescribing two or more antipsychotics concurrently. We aimed to quantify the extent of these prescribing practices in the Australian population. METHODS: We applied indicators to dispensing claims of a 10% random sample of Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme beneficiaries to quantify annual rates of each low-value practice from 2013 to 2016. We also assessed patient factors and direct medicine costs (extrapolated to the entire Australian population) associated with each..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing (CREMA), a Project Grant for measuring low-value care for targeted policy action and JB received funding support from an NHMRC Postgraduate award. These funding bodies played no role in the design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of data or in writing the manuscript.