KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE REGARDING ANTIBIOTIC USE AMONG RURAL INDIAN POPULATION: A QUESTIONNARE BASED STUDY

Dr Sana Tafseer

Abstract


OBJECTIVE: To assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices (KAP) of the rural population of Nuh regarding antibiotic
resistance.
METHODS: A cross sectional, questionnaire based survey was conducted among the local Nuh population, whereby
their KAP regarding antibiotic use and resistance was assessed. The data was analyzed by using simple descriptive
statistics.
RESULTS: The majority of population had a poor understanding of the effects and uses of antibiotics and had
misconceptions regarding antibiotic use. 64 % of the people stopped the antibiotic treatment as their symptoms are
relieved, 69% gave their antibiotics to their relatives and 71% used the left over antibiotics contributing to the
development of resistance.
CONCLUSIONS: Our survey revealed that most of the people were not aware of the antimicrobial abuse and its
consequences. Further educational interventions are necessary to improve their understanding and perceptions on
antibiotic resistance, as well as their attitude towards antibiotic use.


Keywords


Antimicrobial resistance; Knowledge; Practices; rural population

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