Parental knowledge, beliefs and non-prescribed use of antibiotics for children in the Republic of Macedonia - baseline study

Ivanovska, Verica and Angelovska, Bistra and Zdravkovska, Milka (2014) Parental knowledge, beliefs and non-prescribed use of antibiotics for children in the Republic of Macedonia - baseline study. In: ISPE– EuroDURG 2014 Conference: Drug Utilisation Research: Supporting Rational Drug Use for Public Health and Individual Patient Care, 27-29 Aug 2014, Groningen, the Netherlands. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Background: Irrational use includes self medication, i.e. use of antibiotics purchased from pharmacies without prescription, or left-over antibiotics from previous treatment courses. Children are particularly prone to high rates of antibiotic use for viral URTI or non-specific diarrhoea. Study aim: We aimed to (1) determine baseline level of parent knowledge, beliefs and non prescribed use of antibiotics in children, (2) identify factors associated with non-prescribed use of antibiotics in children. Methodology: The cross-sectional study was conducted in 3 regions in Macedonia in May 2014, with a questionnaire to interview parents of children younger than 15 years. Results: CHILDREN: 89% by MD prescription, 6% OTC purchase from pharmacies, 5% left-over PARENTS: 79% by MD prescription, 9% OTC purchase from pharmacies, 11% left-over. Conclusions: This study shows relatively high prevalence of antibiotic self-medication in the country, especially among parents.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Verica Ivanovska
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2017 13:11
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 13:11
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/17708

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