To Assess Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices of Medical Professionals toward Antibiotics
Keywords:Antibiotic resistance, Medical professionals, Prescription, Self-medication
Introduction: Antibiotics are wonderful drugs for the treatment of infectious diseases but are in danger because of a reduction in their efficacy. Antibiotic resistance is becoming a public health problem worldwide. There is number of contributing factors that are responsible for antibiotic resistance. Physicians play a vital role in antibiotic usage and prescribing practices. In the present study, we will assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices of medical professionals of Hisar and Mahindergarh District of Haryana, India for antibiotics. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was performed on medical professionals who are prescribing antibiotics through survey conducted via mail. Results: The study received 100% responses from all the participants. Among which 41% are prescribing antibiotic on 1st day of investigation and 77% are using broad-spectrum antibiotics. Although they have proper knowledge of resistance still the practicing antibiotics is not that much good. There is a lack of policy related to antibiotic usage. All respondents are in favor of eliminating self-medication and excess use of antibiotics. Conclusion: The knowledge of antibiotic usage and resistance is good but still, there is a gap between knowledge and prescription practices. There is a need for a policy for antibiotic usage and a general awareness program for common people.
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