Quality of Life in Brazil's Family Health Strategy: Common Mental Disorders, Use of Psychotropic Drugs and Sociodemographic Factors

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to evaluate the patients' quality of life in Brazil's Family Health Strategy and its association with sociodemographic factors, presence of common mental disorders, and use of psychotropic drugs. Were interviewed 442 patients. Tools were: World Health Organization Quality of Life Assessment-Bref and Self Reporting Questionnaire. Male and low education were strongly associated with higher quality of life. Use of psychotropic drugs and the presence of CMD were strongly associated with poor quality of life. There is a pressing need for primary health care professionals to invest in tracking, and in holistic interventions that are able to cover the healthcare needs of these vulnerable groups.

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