Percepciones y experiencias de usuarios de benzodiazepinas en la atención primaria de salud en Cuba


Saude soc.




Abstract The profiles for the use of benzodiazepines and associated risks are well known. However, this knowledge has not led to visible transformations that improve the safety of treatments and the health of patients. It is therefore necessary to better understand the context of use of these medications in order to implement effective educational actions, make relevant clinical decisions and improve their regulation in health services, especially in primary care. To characterize the profile of use of benzodiazepines in a health area of Santiago de Cuba and to analyze the context of consumption from the senses built by chronic users. Methods: A case study was carried out on the consumption patterns and interviews with chronic users was performed. The content of the interviews was thematically analyzed. The themes revealed were: little awareness of the benefit-risk of treatment; suffering with dependence and tolerance; autonomy in treatment; and limited credibility in alternative therapies. The proportion of older adults receiving benzodiazepines is greater than that identified in other studies. The users perceive negative aspects of use, but they are tied to the dependence. It is evident the importance of studying strategies for the treatment of insomnia and anxiety in primary health care, as well as valuing the policies of implementation of natural therapies and other approaches to contribute to the rational use of benzodiazepines.

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