Siriwardena, A. Niroshan and Apekey, Tanefa and Tilling, Michelle and Dyas, Jane V. and Middleton, Hugh and Orner, Roderick (2010) General practitioners’ preferences for managing insomnia and opportunities for reducing hypnotic prescribing. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 16 (4). pp. 731-737. ISSN 1356-1294
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Rationale, aims and objectives: Insomnia and sleep problems are common with many sufferers seeking medical help from general practitioners (GPs) whose clinical response is limited, often involving prescription of hypnotic drugs. The case for improving the quality of care for patients with insomnia is compelling but there is little evidence about how better care could be achieved in a primary care setting. The aim of this study was to investigate
GPs’ management preferences for sleep problems and their awareness and perception of opportunities for improving care as well as reducing the use of benzodiazepines and Z
Methods: Cross-sectional survey of GPs using a self-administered postal questionnaire in 2005 to all GPs in West Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust Lincolnshire, UK.
Results: A total of 84 of 107 (78.5%) questionnaires sent to GP principals were returned after one reminder. Respondents favoured Z drugs over benzodiazepines for the majority of
indications. Respondent attitudes to benzodiazepines and Z drugs were generally negative whereas they were positive towards initiatives to reduce hypnotic prescribing through
personal guidance, awareness-raising strategies and organizational interventions.
Conclusions: GPs were negative in attitude towards hypnotics and positive towards reducing prescribing for sleep problems. They need to develop resources and better strategies for assessment and non-pharmacological management of patients presenting with insomnia for
the first time as well as those on long-term hypnotics. The feasibility and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions tailored to patient and service needs in primary care setting should be evaluated systematically seeking to understand potential clinical benefits as well as potential undesirable effects of service changes.
|Keywords:||attitude, cross sectional studies, hypnotics and sedatives, insomnia, prescriptions|
|Subjects:||A Medicine and Dentistry > A300 Clinical Medicine|
|Divisions:||College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care|
|Deposited By:||Niro Siriwardena|
|Deposited On:||07 Aug 2010 18:18|
|Last Modified:||28 May 2013 10:43|
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