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Basic Research Journal of Medicine and Clinical Sciences ISSN 2315-6864 Vol. 5(9): Pp 149-152 December 2016

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Assessment of public knowledge and attitudes regarding the use of antibiotics among the general population of Tabuke (2014)

 

1Ibrahim Mahmoud Ajwah, 1Abeer Salem Alatawi, 2 Amirah Salem Alatawi, 2Abdullah Mahmoud Ajwah, 1Mohammed Abdullah Al Blawi, Sharifa Yahya Alzahrani, 4Hyder Osman Mirghani*

 

1 Medical Intern, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

2Medical students, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

3Pharmacology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

4Medical Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

 

*Corresponding author email: s.hyder63@hotmail.com

 

Received 28 December, 2016; Accepted 30 December, 2016; Published 03 January, 2017

 

Abstract

 

Objectives: We aimed to assess the knowledge and attitudes regarding the use of antibiotics among the general population in Tabuk City, Saudi Arabia. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among 211 general population, randomly selected by simple stratified sampling technique from all population in Tabuk during the period from October to December 2015. A structured questionnaire was used to collect: The mode of antibiotics consumption, frequency, adherence to prescription time, course completeness, an action is taken if no response, and antibiotic disposal. Results: They were 211 subjects, their ages ranged from 19-30 years, females dominance was apparent (62.2%). Nearly two-thirds of participants (61%) used antibiotics without doctor prescription, 45% of patients consumed 6-20 courses of antibiotics, only 39.2% Completed the full course of antibiotic, 79.2% were adherent to the medicine schedule, while 20.5% changed the antibiotics by themselves. Conclusion: The present study showed a sample of Saudi population with inadequate knowledge and attitude towards antibiotic use, that may increase the antibiotic resistance with deleterious health consequences in term of cost and mortality. Increasing the awareness of the public about the health hazards of antibiotic misuse is highly needed.

 

Keywords: Antibiotics, Knowledge, Attitude, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

 

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