Table 1. Description of sample size
Focus groupSample size, nMale, nFemale, nParticipant characteristics
1
Patients
83
5
P1: late 40s, male patient, 22 years BZD-dependent
P2: 24 year old male patient, 3 years of BZD use
P3: 75 year old female patient, 29 years of BZD use, 2.5 years without BZD
P4: 85 year old female patient, 40 years of BZD use, 3 years without BZD
P5: 58 year old male patient, 20 years of BZD and opiate use with massive dose increase, 6.5 years without BZD and opiates
P6: mid-50s female patient, 30 years of use of opiates and occasional BZD, detoxified for the last 3 days
P7: late 30s, female pain patient, BZD (if needed)
P8: late 40s, female pain patient, BZD (if needed)
2
Physicians
72
5
Working area:
3 × own practice
1 × practice and hospital
2 × psychiatric hospital, institute outpatient clinic
1 × psychiatrist (parental leave)
3
Pharmacists
60
6
All of them reported years of experience in pharmacies throughout Hamburg
4
Nurses
70
7
Working area:
2 × inpatient care
5 × outpatient care, including one nursing service and one task line