Reducing Long-term Diazepam Prescribing in Office Practice: A Controlled Trial of Educational Visits


Journal Article

We conducted a controlled, statewide trial of the efficacy of an educational visit by a physician counselor in the reduction of diazepam prescribing in outpatient practice. A novel aspect of this trial was the provision of a schedule for gradual withdrawal of long-term diazepam users from drug therapy; 51% of visited doctors attempted to withdraw patients from diazepam therapy and 26% utilized the withdrawal schedule. The entire group of 43 visited doctors reduced the rate of long-term diazepam users in their practice by 18% relative to the control group; the subgroup of doctors who utilized the withdrawal schedule had an even greater reduction of 33% These results suggest that practicing doctors are concerned with long-term use of diazepam and that the educational visit by another physician is one method for reducing such use. © 1986, American Medical Association. All rights reserved.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ray, WA; Blazer, DG; Schaffner, W; Federspiel, CF; Fink, R

Published Date

  • November 14, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 256 / 18

Start / End Page

  • 2536 - 2539

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-3598

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0098-7484

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/jama.1986.03380180098026

Citation Source

  • Scopus