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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
caregiver drug use, dementia patients, dementia home care, psychotropic drugs
Elderly caregivers of dementia individuals within the community are at risk for mental and emotional stress. One method caregivers have coped with this stress is through psychotropic and social drug use.
Although research has investigated drug-taking practices of the elderly in the community, no research has investigated drug use of elderly caregivers in the rural setting. The objective of the study was to evaluate the usage of psychotropic and social drugs for rural community based caregivers of dementia individuals.
The 30 subjects for this study were obtained from a public health and home health aide agency in northwest Iowa. Descriptive analysis of subject characteristics and patterns of drug use was conducted. Data obtained from interviews with caregivers found 27% consumed prescription psychotropic agents and 43% used over-the-counter psychotropic drugs. Social drug use of caregivers was also determined with data indicating that 27% of the caregivers consumed alcohol.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Caregivers -- Drug use
Dementia -- Patients -- Home care
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 1993 Debra Juffer. All rights reserved
Juffer, Debra, "Psychopathic Agents: Use and Implications for Rural Caregivers of Dementia Patients" (1993). Theses and Dissertations. 744.