ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE, PERCEPTION AND ATTITUDES ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS AMONG FINAL YEAR PHARMACY UNDERGRADUATES IN SRI LANKA


Shukry Zawahir, Chathurangani Hettiarachchi, Hana Morrissey

Abstract


Objective: Anti-microbial resistance has become a global problem especially in developing countries. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of socio-demographic predictors amongst final year pharmacy undergraduates in Sri Lanka on their knowledge, perception and attitudes regarding antibiotic use.

Methods: A questionnaire-based study involved final year pharmacy students from four public universities in Sri Lanka. Data on knowledge, attitudes and perception about the appropriate use of antibiotics were analysed. Ethics approval was granted by the university of Ruhuna Sri Lanka.

Results: There was good general knowledge of antibiotics (mean=15.57), however, 46% said metronidazole is not an antibiotic, 82% said that the use of antibiotics speed-up the recovery from the common cold. Perception (p=0.033) and attitudes (p=0.028) of respondents from urban area were significantly higher than that of those from rural area.

Conclusion: Clinical education for pharmacy undergraduates should have an in-depth focus on the rational of antibiotics use in Sri Lanka.


Keywords


Antibiotics, Knowledge, Attitudes, Perception, Sri Lanka, Pharmacy students

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Title

ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE, PERCEPTION AND ATTITUDES ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS AMONG FINAL YEAR PHARMACY UNDERGRADUATES IN SRI LANKA

Keywords

Antibiotics, Knowledge, Attitudes, Perception, Sri Lanka, Pharmacy students

DOI

10.22159/ijpps.2017v9i11.21891

Date

01-11-2017

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International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vol 9, Issue 11, 2017 Page: 234-239

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0975-1491

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Shukry Zawahir
Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
United Kingdom

Chathurangani Hettiarachchi
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Hana Morrissey
School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton


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