Off-campus South Dakota State University users: To download campus access theses, please use the following link to log into our proxy server with your South Dakota State University ID and password.

Non-South Dakota State University users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this thesis through interlibrary loan.

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

1993

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Phyllis Gaspar

Keywords

caregiver drug use, dementia patients, dementia home care, psychotropic drugs

Abstract

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
Psychotropic drugs

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

63

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

Copyright © 1993 Debra Juffer. All rights reserved

Share

COinS