Prevalence of Psychotropic Medication Use Among Dutch Military Personnel Between 2003 and 2012 and Its Comparison to the Dutch General Population

Authors Debbie G. A Janssen , E. (Eric) Vermetten , Toine Egberts , Rob Heerdink
Published in Military Medicine
Publication date 2017
Research groups Innovation in Healthcare Processes in Pharmacology
Type Article

Summary

From the article: "Background: The armed forces work under high pressure and in stressful environments and it is well known that being in the military is a risk factor for psychiatric problems. However, it remains unknown how prevalent psychotropic medication use is in military personnel. Objective: To assess prevalence of psychotropic medication use in Dutch military personnel and compare to the Dutch general population. Methods: Data were obtained from the military pharmacy. From 2003 to 2012, the year-prevalence of psychotropic medication use was calculated from the number of distributed psychotropic medications and the number of Dutch military personnel. For the year 2011, the year-prevalence of psychotropic medication use in the military was compared to that of the Dutch general population. Results: The yearprevalence of psychotropic medication use increased by 55%, from 1.64% in 2003 to 2.54% in 2012 in Dutch military personnel. An increase is seen in the number of users of psychotropic medication. Also the use of antidepressants and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication increased. Conclusion: Over the last decade, there has been a 1.5-fold increase in psychotropic medication dispensed to Dutch military personnel. However, Dutch military personnel were significantly less likely to use psychotropic medications compared to the Dutch general population."

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  • Rob Heerdink | Professor | Research group Innovation in Healthcare Processes in Pharmacology
    Rob Heerdink
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Innovation in Healthcare Processes in Pharmacology

Language English
Published in Military Medicine
Year and volume 182 1
Key words Armed Forces, Psychotropic medication
Page range e1584-e1588

Innovation in Healthcare Processes in Pharmacology