[Journal Club 11 + Coffee Club]: Benzodiazepines & Risk of Subsequent Dementia?

Today we posted the following 11th journal club in PEFA Journal Club’s discussion series and discussion with an expert in our Coffee Club’s discussion section:

Journal Club #11:

Association of Benzodiazepines, Z-Drugs with Subsequent Dementia.

Article: Am J Psychiatry. 2020 Jun 1;177(6):497-505. 


This journal club will answer the following five clinically relevant questions:

  1. Cognitive and Intellectual Impairment with benzodiazepines use in the elderly.
  2. Psychomotor Impairment with benzodiazepine use in the elderly?
  3. Does (a) Duration of benzodiazepines, (b) Dose, and (c) Long vs short-acting benzodiazepine increase the risk of subsequent dementia in the elderly?
  4. Do benzodiazepines or Z-drugs increases the risk of subsequent dementia in the elderly with an affective disorder?
  5. For patients with a prior history of benzodiazepine, do the addition of Z-drugs influence the risk of dementia?

This coffee club includes an expert discussion section with Dr. Rajesh R. Tampi. He will answer the following clinically relevant questions:

  1. Should our decision to prescribe benzodiazepines in the elderly change after this article?
  2. How long and how much benzodiazepines can be used in the elderly?
  3. When and how can we use benzodiazepines safely in the elderly?
  4. How can we educate patients, their families, or caregivers regarding the use of benzodiazepines in the elderly?
  5. What cautions should a physician be mindful of while prescribing benzodiazepines in the elderly?
  6. Which is the preferred benzodiazepine, if used in the elderly?
  7. Limitation of studies to assess the risk of dementia with benzodiazepine use in the elderly.


Psychiatry Education Forum’s Journal Club is an additional feature for PEF Academy’s members. All academy members will be automatically enrolled in this journal club.

Here we post the most recently published psychiatry articles relevant to your daily clinical practice with CME credits available for selective journal club activities. 


4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits Available from June 26, 2021

→ CME Credits will increase with our upcoming journal club video discussions.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of PeerPoint Medical Education Institute, LLC and Psychiatry Education Forum LLC. The PeerPoint Medical Education Institute, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The PeerPoint Medical Education Institute, LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation & Designation Statements and Disclosure Report:



This is a closed membership for medical professionals only.

  • 30+ Courses/Sections: Each chapter within these sections is of direct clinical relevance for your daily practice. 
  • Journal Club: we will post the most recently published psychiatry articles relevant to your daily clinical practice.
  • Coffee Club: contain short discussions with clinical experts in the field of psychiatry.
  • Essentials of Inpatient Psychiatry Book: All chapters from this book are included in the academy sections. 
  • Discussion Forum & Community: Connect with other medical professionals and discuss your difficult-to-treat clinical cases.
  • Conference Discounts: Academy members get discounted access at our conferences. 
  • Goal: is to have all important clinically relevant topics in one place for ease of access.


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