Assessment of knowledge, attitudes, and practices about antibiotic resistance among medical students in Central India
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 6, Pages 281-290
AbstractBackground - To reduce the magnitude of antimicrobial resistance, future prescribers' knowledge of antibiotic use and prescription must be strengthened. Prior to that, conclusive evidence about that group's knowledge, attitude, and practises is required.
Aim: To assess the knowledge, attitudes, and the practices of medical students in India with respect to antibiotic resistance and usage.
Materials and Methods- A semi-structured questionnaire with a five-point Likert scale was distributed to medical students. The study also used a respondent-driven sampling technique.
Statistical Analysis Used: Descriptive statistics, parametric (Chi-square), and nonparametric (Kruskal--Wallis and Mann--Whitney U) tests.
Results: A total of 474 responses were received from medical students. The mean score of knowledge was 4.36 ± 0.39. As compared to first year students, knowledge was significantly higher among students of all the years. As much as 83.3% students have consumed antibiotics in previous year of the survey. Around 45% of medical students accepted that they buy antibiotics without a medical prescription.
Conclusion: Medical students' knowledge level was quite satisfactory. There is a significant need for improvement in terms of attitude and practises.
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