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7th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 16-18, 2023 | Boston, Massachusetts, USA

October 16 -18, 2023 | Boston, Massachusetts, USA
NWC 2023

Fatimah B Conteh

Speaker at  Nursing World Conference 2023 - Fatimah B Conteh
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, United States
Title : Cognitive implications of long-term benzodiazepine use in adults


The respective scholarly project seeks to address the question of: in adults with anxiety, what is the effect of benzodiazepine use on cognitive function over the course of at least two months? This prospectus will provide an overview of the indications and efficacy of the usage of benzodiazepines, as well as potential adverse effects associated with their use. This prospectus will further provide a comprehensive overview of current evidenced based literature regarding the cognitive implications of long-term benzodiazepines use in adults and address gaps in the current literature. This prospectus will also discuss alternative pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment options in lieu of benzodiazepine prescription and how remaining up to date on evidenced based practice for benzodiazepine prescription in adults will develop the advance practice nursing role and promote harm reduction in this population.

Keywords: Benzodiazepines, adults, cognition deficits, cognitive impairment, dependency.

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • The intent of this study is to further the comprehension of impaired cognitive function in adults who use BZDs in the long term.
  • Knowledge of potential cognitive deficits associated with long term benzodiazepine use in adults may lead to caution in prescriptive practice of advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) and other healthcare clinicians.
  • APRNs may pursue the usage of alternative and complementary interventions to BZDs in the long-term treatment of anxiety in adults.


Fatimah Conteh is a registered nurse with two years of experience in inpatient adult and geriatric psychiatry. She is a recipient of two bachelor’s degrees: her first being a bachelor’s of arts in Biology and second being a bachelor’s of science in nursing. Fatimah has a background in West Nile Virus research via rearing and DNA extraction of Culex pipiens mosquitoes. She also developed for the first blood feeding manual and rearing guide for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at the University of Maine. Fatimah Conteh is presently pursuing a master’s degree in psychiatric mental health nursing practice and will graduate in May of 2023. Upon graduation and certification, she intends to practice as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in adult inpatient psychiatry.