Antibiotic use among health science students in an Indian university: A cross sectional study

Virmani, Samarth and Nandigam, Manideep and Kapoor, Bahar and Makhija, Purva and Nair, Suma (2017) Antibiotic use among health science students in an Indian university: A cross sectional study. Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health, 5. pp. 176-179. ISSN 2213-3984

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Background: Antibiotics, one of the frequently prescribed medications in modern medicine is plagued by misuse and consequent development of resistance. We report the knowledge and practice of antibiotic use and the extent of self- edication with antibiotics among health science students of a university in south India.Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out that included students from various disciplines such as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing. A random sample of 531 students, were recruited into the study and those students with a history of any chronic disease requiring long-term treatment were excluded.Results: Almost 58% reported using antibiotics in the last 3 months and 39% frequented its use over 3 times in a year. Thirty percent stated that they had procured antibiotics over the counter without a valid prescription. Common ailments that reportedly triggered antibiotic use, ranged from mild fever to skin infections. Medical (25%) & Dental (36%) students declared self-prescription as a frequent practice.b-lactam group was the most popular group of antibiotics, with over 44% vouching its use.Conclusion: There appears to be inadequate adherence to antibiotic policies among the study population warranting periodic training and monitoring. Establishment of an effective antibiotic stewardship could be the way forward

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Antibiotics; Self prescription; Medical students; Resistance
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2021 07:04
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2021 07:04

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