Perceptions and experiences of benzodiazepine users in primary health care in Cuba

Resumen A pesar de que son ampliamente conocidos los perfiles de utilizaci ón de las benzodiazepinas (BZD) y los riesgos asociados, este conocimiento no ha conducido a visibles transformaciones que mejoren la seguridad de los tratamientos y la salud de los pacientes. Por tanto, es necesaria una mejor compresión del contexto de su utilización, con el fin de implementar a cciones educativas eficaces, tomar decisiones clínicas pertinentes y perfeccionar su regulación en los servicios de salud. Este artículo se propone caracterizar el perfil de utilización de benzodiazepinas en un área de salud de Santiago de Cuba y analizar el contexto de consumo a partir de los sentidos construidos por usuarios crónicos. Se realiza un estudio de caso, que describe el perfil de consumo a partir de las recetas dispensadas en la Farmacia Principal Municipal, y se realizan entrevistas a profundidad a los usuarios crónicos. El contenido de las entrevistas fue realizado temát icamente. Los resultados revelan los siguientes temas: poca concientización sobre el beneficio-riesgo del tratamiento, sufrimiento con la dependencia y tolerancia, autonomía en el tratamiento y limitada credibilidad en las terapias alternativas. La proporción de adultos mayores que reciben las BZ D es mayor que la identificada en otros estudios. Se concluye que los usuarios perciben aspectos negativos del uso, pero están pres...
Source: Saude e Sociedade - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Cannabis Douglas Bruce marijuana legalization medical cannabis Medical Marijuana Source Type: blogs
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Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Depression Diet & Nutrition General Medications Miscellaneous Drugs supplements for depression vitamins for depression Source Type: news
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Abstract No Abstract Available. PMID: 31202200 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Altern Ther Health Med Source Type: research
Ryan R. Kelly1,2†, Lindsay T. McDonald1,2†, Nathaniel R. Jensen1,2, Sara J. Sidles1,2 and Amanda C. LaRue1,2* 1Research Services, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC, United States 2Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, United States The significant biochemical and physiological effects of psychological stress are beginning to be recognized as exacerbating common diseases, including osteoporosis. This review discusses the current evidence for psychological stress-associated mental health disorders as risk factors for os...
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
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Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Drugs Source Type: news
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
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