Public knowledge and attitudes regarding antibiotic use in South Korea
Kim, So Sun ; Moon, Seongmi ; Kim, Eun Jung
Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing, Vol.41(6) : 742~749, 2011
Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to examine public level of knowledge and attitudes regarding antibiotic use and potential drug resistance.
METHODS: A cross-sectional face-to-face survey of 1,177 residents aged 18 or over was conducted in Korea. A quota sampling method was used.
RESULTS: Most respondents (70%) did not know that antibiotics are ineffective in treating coughs and colds. Two-thirds of the respondents were unaware of the conditions under which antibiotic resistance occurs, despite understanding the concept of resistance. Lower education level and older age were independently associated with inadequate knowledge. Lower education level, older age, inadequate knowledge and no exposure to the education campaign were independently associated with poor attitude.
CONCLUSION: The results of this study demonstrate that the general public has misunderstandings and a lack of knowledge with regard to antibiotic use, despite a national educational campaign. However, the campaign may have had an effect on the public's attitudes towards antibiotics.