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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Addressing inappropriate benzodiazepine prescribing among older Veterans
Principal Investigator:

Donovan T Maust

Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Congressional District Code: 12
Research Service: Health Services R&D
Project Period: February 2018 - January 2022
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $212,675
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Background: Benzodiazepine (BZD) use is a significant and persistent concern among older Veterans given the association of BZDs with adverse outcomes including falls, fractures, motor vehicle accidents, impaired cognition, increased risk of dementia, and mortality. In FY2015, over 82,000 Veterans ≥75 years of age were prescribed a BZD despite abundant evidence of harms from both acute and chronic use and recommendations from professional organizations to limit use. Beginning in FY2013, the VA's...

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