This project provided family physicians with materials to help them manage sleep and anxiety disorders in older patients in the hope that such material would reduce the prescribing of benzodiazepines, a class of tranquillizers and sleeping pills. The project also examined whether the use of a telephone support line would result in changes in drug prescribing practices. Prescribing of these drugs during the six months prior to the project was compared with prescribing six months after the initiation of project interventions. On the whole, this study found that its hypothesis was not supported.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.