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Table 3 Number of patients receiving a new prescription of psychotropic drugs or a discontinuation of long-term psychotropic medication

From: High prevalence of prescription of psychotropic drugs for older patients in a general hospital

  Total (N = 2130) Benzodiazepines Z-drugs Antidepressants Neuroleptics
new prescription 198 (9.3%) 33 (1.6%) 17 (0.8%) 126 (5.9%) 41 (1.9%)
long-term medication discontinued 118 (5.5%) 27 (1.3%) 15 (0.7%) 61 (2.9%) 31 (1.5%)
  1. New prescription refers to psychotropic drugs newly prescribed during hospital stay and recommended in the discharge letter, long-term medication discontinued refers to medication, which was prescribed prior to hospital admission and discontinued during the hospital stay