Graduation Year

2021

Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Department

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Molly Bradshaw

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Wanda France

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Abstract

Benzodiazepines are commonly used as the first line treatment for adults diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) despite clinical guidelines that recommend otherwise. This can lead to misuse, abuse, addiction, and dependence. To de-escalate use of benzodiazepines as first-line treatment, this DNP Project seeks to reinforce use of evidence-based practice via a reminder card. The guideline compliance program was assessed by chart review to determine impact on GAD-7 scores and benzodiazepine prescriptions. Total of 69 patients’ charts were audited by six prescribers, over the period of eight weeks, to determine if outcomes were met. When analyzed pre and post intervention on GAD-7 scores, a paired sample t-test demonstrated a p -value of

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)

4213

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Nursing Commons

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