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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: The Efficacy of Masked Tapering on Discontinuation of Hypnotics in Older Veterans
Principal Investigator:

Constance H. Fung

Location: West Los Angeles, CA
Congressional District Code: 29
Research Service: Health Services R&D
Project Period: September 2018 - August 2023
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $112,797
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Hypnotics such as benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine receptor agonists are often prescribed for insomnia. Among Veterans attending outpatient clinics, approximately one-quarter use hypnotics (or bedtime alcohol). Hypnotics use is associated with an increased risk of falls and worse cognition in older adults. Discontinuing hypnotics often attenuates or reverses these negative effects, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has initiatives to reduce hypnotic use among older adults. Current di...

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