Use of psychotropic medication in Santiago, Chile

Graciela Rojas, Rosemarie Fritsch, Jorge Gaete, Isabel González, Ricardo Araya

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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.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)407-414
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Mental Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005

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