Benzodiazepine use in Santiago, Chile

Rosemarie Fritsch *, G. Rojas Castillo, Jorge Eduardo Gaete Olivares, R. Araya Baltra, I. González Rubio

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Introduction. To describe benzodiazepine use in the adult population from Santiago, Chile and attempt to establish associations with different sociodemographic and medical variables. Method. This is a cross-sectional study whose sampling frame was the adult population, aged 16 to 64 years (n = 3,237,286). The sampling strategy was probabilistic, poly-stage and stratified. Results. A total of 3,870 persons were interviewed. Prevalence of benzodiazepine use was 3.84%. Statistically significant associations were found between benzodiazepine use and gender, age, marital status, income, presence of a common mental disorder and health perception. Discussion. Training of the general practitioner to regulate the use of benzodiazepine is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-291
Number of pages6
JournalActas Espanolas de Psiquiatria
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2005


  • Benzodiazepine
  • Epidemiology
  • Psychiatry


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