How we developed the evidence

Effect on prescribing


As a result of introducing these new tools and techniques practices were able to reduce inappropriate and overall levels of hypnotic prescribing and showed that this improvement could be sustained over more than two years.

The run chart shows how prescribing rates (ADQ per STAR-PU) for hypnotic benzodiazepines fell significantly during (September 2007 to March 2008) during and after the REST Quality Improvement Collaborative, falls which have been maintained due to changes in processes, including greater use of assessment tools and patient focussed treatment for insomnia, in the practices.