The Role of Benzodiazepines in the Elderly

Jointly provided by the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Department of Health Academic Center


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Supported by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Drug Overdose Grant

Release date: September 30, 2016
Valid through: September 30, 2018
Media: Internet
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice pharmacists, APRNs, residents, & fellows who prescribe controlled substances.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe various conditions benzodiazepines are used for in the elderly
  • Risks of benzodiazepines in the elderly
  • Describe alternatives to benzodiazepines in the elderly

Angela Haliburda, DO
Staff Physician, Interventional Pain Management
St. Anne’s Hospital
Fall River, MA

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Department of Health. The Alpert Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This training meets the requirements set forth in RI Regulation 3.14 Prescriber Training Requirement for Best Practices Regarding Opioid Prescribing. This specific training requirement is required only once and must be completed before renewal of controlled substance registration or two (2) years (whichever is longer).

Credit Designation
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Faculty and Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Policy
In accordance with ACCME requirements, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has a conflict of interest policy that requires faculty to disclose relevant financial relationships related to the content of their presentations/materials. Any potential conflicts are resolved so that presentations are evidence-based and scientifically balanced.

Requirements for Successful Completion
In order to receive credit, participants must view the activity and complete the post-test and evaluation form. There are no pre-requisites and there is no fee to participate in this activity or to receive CME credit. Statements of Credit are awarded upon successful completion of the post-test with a passing score of ≥ 75%, and evaluation form.

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Hardware and Software Requirements
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A computer with an Internet connection.
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For optimum results we recommend a device that has a display capability of 1024 x 768 or better. Mobile devices are not recommended for this activity.

This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.

Contact Information
For questions regarding this activity, please contact Brown Office of Continuing Medical Education 401-863-2871 or Please note, once you have completed viewing this page, don’t forget to click on the “Continue” button. You will not be able to begin the activity until you do so.

Additional Information
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