In general, the admission of patients within the acute psychiatric ward can strongly influence the prescription of Benzodiazepines and Z-hypnotics. including its long-term use. To protect the health and socio-economic welfare of people from the adverse health consequences of the wrong use of both Benzodiazepines and Z-hypnotics, it is necessary to increase the existing knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals when prescribing and/or administrating these two (2) particular psychotic drugs. In relation to the misuse or wrong prescription of Benzodiazepines and Z-hypnotics within the acute psychiatric ward, this study will seek to identify the danger of prescribing both Benzodiazepines and Z-hypnotics during the pre-admission, admission, and post-admission process across the Acute Psychiatric Hospitals and among the general practitioners (GPs).
The main research question is “Is Benzodiazepine and Z-hypnotic prescribing influenced by admission to acute psychiatric wards?” The following sub-research questions will be used as a guide throughout the completion of the literature review:
As a general rule, both Benzodiazepine and Z-hypnotics should be used in small quantities for a time period of 5 days to 4 weeks (NHS West Essex, 2012, p. 4). However, there are cases wherein these drugs are being prescribed to the patients for long-term use. Because of the adverse health consequences of misusing both Benzodiazepines and Z-hypnotics, a lot of patients can be admitted or re-admitted to psychiatric wards.