Less Sedatives for Your Older Relatives.


A toolkit for reducing inappropriate use of benzodiazepines and sedative-hypnotics among older adults in hospitals.

This toolkit was created to support the implementation of interventions designed to reduce unnecessary use of benzodiazepines or other sedative-hypnotics (BSH) among older adults (age 65 and above) in your hospital. It can be used by physician groups, clinical services or organizations to help achieve significant reductions in overuse of BSH.

By using the interventions mentioned in this toolkit potentially inappropriate sedative-hypnotic prescriptions decreased by over 40%, without increases in prescriptions of other sedative agents.



Christine Soong, MD, MSc, CCFP
Division of General Internal Medicine, Sinai Health System Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Jerome Leis, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Division of Infectious Diseases, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Assistant Professor, University of Toronto