A STUDY ON KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, AND PRACTICE REGARDING ANTIBIOTIC USE AND RESISTANCE AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS

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Dr. C N Sowmya
Dr. A. Surekha
Dr. Naga Sri Latha
Dr S. Khaja Mohiddin

Keywords

Medical students, Antimicrobial resistance, Global concern

Abstract

Introduction:Antibiotic resistance is a global public health concern, and inappropriate antibiotic use plays a significant role in its development. As future healthcare professionals, medical student’s knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding antibiotic use and resistance are crucial in addressing this issue effectively.


Aims and objectives:This study aims to assess the current state of knowledge, attitudes, and practices among medical students regarding antibiotic use and resistance and identify areas for improvement.


Materials and methods:This is a cross sectional study conducted at a Medical College, Andhra Pradesh, India on undergraduate medical students of  preclinical years who are willing to participate in the study with  questionnaire to assess knowledge ,attitude and the prescribing practices.


Results: Out of 177 students 150 students were willing to participate in the study. The response rate was 84.74%. Out of 150 students 98%(n= 147) has knowledge towards antibiotic resistance, 90%(n=195)agreed that self medication is main cause of antibiotic resistance. 7.3%(n-=11) answered that they will always use antimicrobials given to a friend or family as long as they were used to treat same illness, 18%(n=27) answered that antibiotics can be prescribed for common  cold, 9.3%(n=14) agreed that they will prescribe antibiotics at patients request.


Conclusion: From this study it is clear that though they were medical students who seems to have knowledge regarding the antimicrobial resistance and emergence mechanism of resistance, but proper use of antibiotics is not reflected in their daily life.By integrating focused education on antibiotic resistance awareness and strategies for combating multidrug-resistant organisms early in their careers, these initiatives aim to equip future healthcare professionals with the necessary tools to mitigate the emergence of resistance and deliver quality patient care..

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