Factors associated with psychotropic drug use among the elderly living at home

  • Gustafsson T
  • Isacson D
  • Thorslund M
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Abstract

The use of psychotropic drugs has been widely studied; however; few
studies have focused on factors associated with psychotropic drug
use among the elderly. The aim of this study war to analyze the relationship
between sociodemographic variables, socioeconomic status social network,
health, and physician visits and the use of psychotropic drugs among
the elderly living at home. The study area was a municipality in
mideastern Sweden with a population of about 21,000 inhabitants.
Data from interviews with and health assessments of noninstitutionalized
people age 75 and older (N = 421) were linked to cut individual-bared
research register of prescription drug purchases. There were no differences
in psychotropic drug use between men and women or between different
age groups. The multivariate analyses (LISREL) showed that mental
health and physician visits were associated with psychotropic drug
use. An indirect relationship was also found between psychotropic
drugs and loneliness and chronic morbidity, respectively.

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Authors

  • T. M. Gustafsson

  • D. G. L. Isacson

  • M. Thorslund

  • D. Sorbom

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