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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Promoting benzodiazepine cessation through an electronically-delivered patient self-management intervention
Principal Investigator:

Keith N. Humphreys

Location: Palo Alto, CA
Congressional District Code: 18
Research Service: Health Services R&D
Project Period: September 2020 - August 2024
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $194,477
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Background: Long-term use of benzodiazepine medication has been increasing sharply inside and outside of VA, raising the risk of cognitive decline, falls, and overdose among patients. A self-directed benzodiazepine tapering intervention known as EMPOWER was shown effective in a non-VA clinical trial, and within VA there is significant interest in tailoring it to and providing it for Veterans. Significance: Although often useful as short-term medications, when taken for extended periods benzodiaz...

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