Seventy-eight subjects were selected and allocated to groups. Any subjects who failed to meet the inclusion criteria at a point after selection were excluded from the data analysis from that time onwards. Three patients were excluded from analysis within the first six months: (a) One patient in the control group was unwittingly requested to stop medication by another GP in the practice and thus could not be classified as a control subject any longer. (b) Two subjects (one in the control group and one in the letter group) were referred to psychiatrists. In both cases the GPs considered that the need for the referral arose from circumstances unconnected with the request to stop taking benzodiazepines.
KeywordsHydrochloride Smoke Diazepam Chlordiazepoxide Amitriptyline
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