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Table 4 Comparison of the descriptive characteristics of patients who were prescribed BZDs (n = 6,405) according to age (less than 65/65 or more)

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

Patients 18+ < 65 (n = 4,667) ≥ 65
(n = 1,738)
P value
Mean age (SD) 45.2 (11.5) 75.5 (6.9) P < 0.001
% female 62.7 67.8 P < 0.001
Nb consultations/patient/year (SD) 5.15 (3.4) 5.98 (3.1) P < 0.001
Nb consultations/patient/year with at least one prescription (SD) 4.4 (2.9) 5.0 (2.7) P < 0.001
% patients with > 4 consultations/year 50.0 63.9 P < 0.001
% patients    
   - with anxiety 17.8 14.5 p = 0.002
   - with depression 46.8 26.7 P < 0.001
   - with insomnia 17.8 29.2 P < 0.001
   - with cardiovascular diseases 24,9 67.3 P < 0.001
   - with arthropathic diseases 23.2 39.8 P < 0.001
Mean nb of BZDs prescriptions/year (SD) 2.4 (2.3) 3.3 (2.3) P < 0.001
% patients with at least one prescription of    
   - N05BA 75.6 66.9 P < 0.001
   - N05CD 5.3 6.3 NS
   - N03AE 8.1 10.9 P < 0.001
   - N05CF 25.9 27.6 NS