Mehr Muhammad Adeel Riaz, Rameen Shahid, Areeba Naeem, Sumera Badar Ehsan, Sajjad Ali, Mariam Saleem.
Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior regarding Antibiotics Misuse and Use among Medical Students of Public Sector Medical College of Faisalabad.
Annals Punjab Med Coll Jan ;14(2):164-7.
Background: Antibiotic resistance is a critical issue that needs to be addressed, especially in a developing country like Pakistan. Overuse of antibiotics has rendered life-saving drugs ineffectual, creating a major dilemma for local hospitals. Objective: To assess and evaluate the knowledge, attitude and behavior regarding antibiotics misuse among medical students. Study Design: An Observational descriptive study. Settings: The medical students of public sector medical college of Faisalabad, Pakistan. Duration: After getting approval of the ethical committee, the duration of study was 5 weeks. Methodology: 200 students were interviewed according to the pattern of the questionnaire. Results: 82% of students were most likely to use antibiotics during common viral infections. However, 88.5% knew about the consequences of antibiotics misuse i.e. antibiotic resistance, but still 53.50% sought non-prescribed antibiotics from medical stores and 60.5% of them didn’t complete the antibiotics course recommended by their doctors.40.50% of students admitted to self-medicate themselves on antibiotics twice a year. Conclusion: Efforts are necessary to persuade the health education programs to inform the general public and health care workers about the long-term hazards of antibiotic resistance.
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