Neighborhood health center patients who use minor tranquilizers


Journal Article

Thirty-four ambulatory medical patients who had used minor tranquilizers for varying lengths of time were interviewed to determine their medical and psychiatric statuses, and to learn their own perspective of their medical care. The population was elderly, of lower socioeconomic status, and chronically ill (a significant minority with serious and disabling illness). Depressive equivalents, depression, and anxiety were prominent, but clinical states requiring psychiatric care were not. Slightly less than one-half were alcoholic. Forty-one percent took the medications for target symptoms other than anxiety, and 76% believed these agents were efficacious. Chronic users had significantly more chronic medical illness, and significantly more somatization, anxiety, and fatigue. © 1979 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barsky, AJ; Stewart, R; Burns, BJ; Sweet, R; Regier, D; Jacobson, AM

Published Date

  • January 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 337 - 354

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1082-6084

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/10826087909054586

Citation Source

  • Scopus