Background: During the last few decades, the use of psychotropic medication by the general population has been a topic of scientific and public interest. However there have been few studies in Latin America to assess this situation. Aims: To study the prevalence in use of psychotropic medication in the city of Santiago and the associations with sociodemographic and physical and mental health factors. Methods: Cross-sectional survey of private households randomly chosen with a probabilistic sampling design. Results: Three-thousand-eight- hundred-and-seventy subjects were interviewed. The overall prevalence of the use of psychotropic medication in Greater Santiago was 6.4% (95% CI). Sex, age, mental and physical health problems were all significantly associated with a higher prevalence of psychotropic medication use. Conclusions: The prevalence of psychotropic use in the Greater Santiago area seems lower than in other cities. However similar socio-demographic and health factors were associated with the use of psychotropic medication as in other countries. There is a need to unify methodologies to be able to compare results internationally.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Correspondence: Graciela Rojas, Hospital Clínico, Av. La Paz 1003, Santiago, Chile. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Declaration of interest: This study was funded by the European Community and FONDECYT.
- Psychotropic drugs
- Urban population