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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 57-60

Knowledge, attitude, and awareness of antibiotic resistance among medical students


1 Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Lincoln University College, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
2 Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia
3 Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4 Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Lincoln University College, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
5 Department of Oral Diagnostics and Surgical Sciences, School of Dentistry, International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sowmya Sham Kanneppady
Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Lincoln University College, No. 2, Jalan Stadium, SS 7/15, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_104_18

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Background: There is a rising trend in antibiotic use and misuse which contributes to antibiotic resistance. Objective: This cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and awareness of antibiotic resistance among medical students. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on medical students of all years (year 1–5) in a private university of Malaysia coincide with the “Antibiotic Awareness Week” of the World Health Organization. Results: Students in the clinical phase of their training had more awareness than the preclinical phase on the consumption of antibiotics over the counter without prescription (P = 0.008). Students of both the phases responded differently when asked whether the newer antibiotics were more effective in treating infection (P = 0.022). Only 43.5% of year 4 and 42.3% of year 5 students were aware (P = 0.036) about Antibiotic Awareness Week. Conclusion: The study concludes that medical students should have in-depth knowledge about antibiotic resistance and its underlying mechanisms to prevent the misuse of antibiotics.


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