Research and references
Managing benzodiazepine dependence
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Evidence-based guidelines by the RACGP outline a variety of clinical guidelines for appropriate benzodiazepine use based on the best available evidence.
This toolkit is designed for health practitioners to assist people who are dependent on benzodiazepines. Revised in 2018 this resource provides an extensive and up-to-date overview of all aspects of benzodiazepine use, dependence and withdrawal.
Alongside this resource is a collection of fact sheets to assist the consumer in understanding the condition the benzodiazepines are helping to manage alongside self-help strategies.
Therapeutic Guidelines – Principles of benzodiazepine use in anxiety disorders (subscription required to access)
Overview of current anxiety and associated disorder management. Outlines benzodiazepines role in therapy.
Pottie K, et al. Canadian Family Physician, 2018.
Summation of evidence gathered from a systematic review of benzodiazepine deprescribing trials for insomnia. Includes a list of recommendations graded by quality of evidence available as well as clinical practice deprescribing guidelines.
Oude Voshaar OC, et al. Br J Psych, 2003.
Randomised control trial reviewing the effectiveness of tapering benzodiazepines with and without the use of cognitive behavioural therapy.
Gould RL, et al. Br J Psych, 2014.
Systematic review and meta-analyses which examines the long-term use of benzodiazepines in older people and the methods of deprescribing in this population.