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See detailQuality of life and attitudes towards psychotropics and dependency: consumers versus non-consumers aged 50 and over
Baumann, Michèle UL; Bonnetain, F.

in Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics (2004), 29

Aim: To assess the relationships between sociodemographic factors, quality of life and attitudes towards psychotropic drugs and dependency and to compare those relationships in continuous consumers (CC ... [more ▼]

Aim: To assess the relationships between sociodemographic factors, quality of life and attitudes towards psychotropic drugs and dependency and to compare those relationships in continuous consumers (CC), occasional consumers (OC) and non-consumers (NC) of those drugs. Methods: Quality of life (SF36) and attitudes (14 statements) were measured in 601 subjects (45–60 years old) from the SUVIMAX cohort (SUpple´mentation en VItamines et en sels Mine ´raux AntioXydants). Data were obtained on 334 NC, 142 CC, 125 OC from the inclusion questionnaire and the monthly consumption report notebooks kept by subjects between 1994 and 1998. Dichotomous and polychotomous logistic regressions were used for the analysis. Results: The lower the quality of life score the more frequent was consumption. NC tended to be men, with high quality of life scores. They entertained negative attitudes towards psychotropics and dependency. OC tended to be women reporting a chronic pathology, with fairly high social status. They had intermediate quality of life and denied dependency. CC tended to be men with no professional activity and low quality of life scores in particular for mental health and perceived health. They had positive attitudes towards psychotropics and accept dependency. Discussion: Assessment of patients’ quality of life and understanding of their attitudes towards psychotropics can provide essential information for those in charge of health promotionprogrammes and may help in identifying new intervention strategies. Preventive education and follow-up of therapy may be better suited to the needs of patients [less ▲]

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