What will participation involve?
- This project involves a series of online surveys to be completed over a six-month period. They will involve questions about your demographics, benzodiazepine use and experiences with them, as well as a few questions relating to your psychological and physical health.
- The first questionnaire will be the longest, taking around 30 minutes to complete. The following few questionnaires will be much briefer, taking around 15 minutes to complete.
- Once complete, you will go in the running to win 1 of 10 x $75.00 Coles Myer gift cards.
Take the survey.
For more information contact Erin
Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee Approval #2019-006
Erin is a Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Counsellor who works long-term with individuals who have become dependent on their prescription medication (benzos and z-drugs). She is also currently completing her doctorate, where the research impetus has been the advent of real-time prescription monitoring of benzodiazepines (BDZs) in Australia. Erin is investigating barriers long-term “benzo” users face when asked to reduce or stop their medication. The findings will be used to inform healthcare practitioners of more client-centred approaches to deprescribing benzos/z-drugs, to reduce the potential harms associated with abrupt discontinuation.
To date, few studies have considered important psychological factors (e.g. beliefs about long-term use of BDZs) with regard to long-term use of benzos, which means we currently lack a detailed understanding of what processes lead to stopping benzo/z-drug use. To address this gap, Erin’s research will explore the thoughts, beliefs, and experiences of people taking benzos/z-drugs over a six-month period, to uncover how long-term users come to the decision to stop taking their medication.