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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of physician-participants by intervention group (n = 272)

From: Reducing prescribing of benzodiazepines in older adults: a comparison of four physician-focused interventions by a medical regulatory authority

  Intervention Group P value
Control Letter Pharmacist Physician
Number of physicians (n) 73 67 68 64  
Age (mean/SD) 53.7 (10.6) 54.0 (12.0) 54.5 (11.4) 55.2 (12.2) 0.886
Male (%) 84 79 76 78 0.713
Family physicians (%) 85 81 85 92 0.301
Psychiatrists (%) 10 15 13 6 0.389
Baseline number of older patients prescribed high doses of BDZ + per quarter (mean/SD) 0.959 (1.001) 0.593 (0.696) 0.618 (0.656) 0.598 (0.727) 0.039
Baseline dose (DDD) of BDZ + prescribed to older patients per quarter (mean/SD) 1.065 (0.310) 1.089 (0.432) 1.074 (0.356) 0.935 (0.208) 0. 034