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Impact du sentiment de dépendance aux benzodiazépines sur l'utilisation des services de santé : Étude sur la santé des aînés.
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PMID:  23388325     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ABSTRACT Background: The use of benzodiazepines is common among seniors. This consumption can cause an addiction whose criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition revised (DSM-IV-TR) do not always apply to the situation of the elderly. This research seeks to examine the link between the feeling of benzodiazepine dependence and the use of health services by seniors. A secondary objective is to describe the use of benzodiazepines among seniors living in the community. Method: Data derive from a survey conducted in Quebec in 2005-2006 from a representative sample of 707 Francophones aged 65 and over living in the community. The feeling of benzodiazepine dependence was measured by a composite variable incorporating two questions inspired by the DSM-IV-TR. The use of health services was measured through the cumulative impact of consultation with health care professionals during a 12- month period. Results: Older adults consumed a total of 745 benzodiazepines, including 117 (16.5%) which had a half-long life. The proportion of seniors who reported a feeling of dependence on benzodiazepines was estimated at 35.1 %. These seniors did not significantly make further use of health services for their addiction to benzodiazepines. Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that the use of benzodiazepines among seniors in Quebec is far from optimal. Moreover, the perceived need in addiction is not a significant factor in inducing seniors to use health services for the management of addiction. There is, therefore, a need for research to better understand the barriers associated with the use of health services by seniors addicted to benzodiazepines.
Pamphile-Gervais Nkogho Mengue; Belkacem Abdous; Djamal Berbiche; Michel Préville; Philippe Voyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal on aging = La revue canadienne du vieillissement     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1710-1107     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Aging     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708560     Medline TA:  Can J Aging     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-10     Citation Subset:  -    
Faculté de pharmacie, Université Laval.
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