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Table 3 Comparison of the descriptive characteristics of patients in the study population (n = 51,216) according to whether or not they were prescribed BZDs

From: Gaining insight into benzodiazepine prescribing in General Practice in France: a data-based study

Patients 18+ Without BZDs prescriptions (n = 44,811) With BZDs prescriptions (n = 6,405) P value
Mean age in years (SD) 44.5 (18.2) 53.5 (17.1) P < 0.001
% patients of 65 or older 16.0 27.1 P < 0.001
% females 53.1 64.1 P < 0.001
Nb consultations/patient/year (SD) 2.9 (2.4) 5.3 (3.3) P < 0.001
% patients with > 4 consultations/year 19.8 52.6 P < 0.001
% patients    
   - with anxiety 1.9 16.9 P < 0.001
   - with depression 5.8 41.3 P < 0.001
   - with insomnia 1.7 20.9 P < 0.001
   - with cardiovascular diseases 20.5 36.4 P < 0.001
   - with arthropathic diseases 16.8 27.7 P < 0.001