Evaluating the Knowledge Regarding Antibiotic Use and Antibiotic Resistance in the Community of Karachi, Pakistan

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Rizwan Ali
Afsha Bibi
Javed Iqbal Iqbal
Amir Sultan
Dr. Asfand yar Khalid
Muhammad Hasnain Shaikh
Abdualqadir J Nashwan
Nasir Ali
Dr Hafiz Amjid Hussian
Dr Maliha B. Thapur
Umemma Mumtaz

Keywords

Evaluating, Knowledge, Antibiotic use, Antibiotic Resistance

Abstract

Introduction: Worldwide antimicrobial resistance is increasing in response to inappropriate antibiotic use.


Objectives: To investigate the knowledge about antibiotics and their resistance in the community of Karachi, Pakistan. Methods: This cross-sectional study involved a convenient sampling technique from the community participants in Karachi, Pakistan. A 200 sample sizes were part of the study. An adopted questionnaire was used for the data collection.


Results: Among 200 participants, 46% understood antibiotic resistance as reduced effectiveness and 50% recognized increasing infection resistance. About 54% knew treating antibiotic-resistant infections was challenging, and 63% understood the personal impact. Moreover, 64% acknowledged antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread, and 44% recognized procedure complications. On antibiotic use, 67% believed stopping when feeling better, 56% found using antibiotics from others acceptable, and 65% considered reusing effective.


Conclusion: The survey reveals a mix of understanding and misconceptions. Participants recognized antibiotic resistance's impact but lacked awareness of its global scope. Similarly, while aware of proper use, they misunderstood treatable conditions. This highlights the need for enhanced education on these topics.

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