RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PERSONAL CHARACTERISTIC WITH KNOWLEDGE OF ANTIBIOTIC USAGE IN MEDAN CITY
Keywords:Knowledge, Antibiotic usage, Educational level, Age, Gender
Â Objective: The objective of this research is to analyze the relationship between personal characteristics with knowledge of antibiotics usage in Medan.
Methods: This research is an analytic research with cross-sectional approach. The data collection process was conducted in November 2013. The study population is the people residing in the district of Medan Johor; subjects are 336 people which enrolled by consecutive sampling technique. The data were obtained by interview using questionnaires that have been tested for validity and reliability. Data analysis was done using Chi-square statistical test using SPSS program.
Results: The results showed that the level of knowledge of the Johor subdistrict community on the antibiotic usage was in the good category (79.5%). The statistical analysis showed that there was a statistically significant relationship between education level with knowledge of antibiotic usage (p<0.05). There was no relationship between sex and age with knowledge of antibiotic usage.
Conclusion: Knowledge is the main factor and has an important role which every patient should have so that they can take antibiotics appropriately. To increase the public's knowledge about the proper use of antibiotics, it is desirable that the role of physicians give a role in communicating them to the patients so that the use of antibiotics can be done appropriately.
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