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Public knowledge and attitudes regarding antibiotic use in South Korea

Authors
 Kim, So Sun  ;  Moon, Seongmi  ;  Kim, Eun Jung 
Citation
 JOURNAL OF KOREAN ACADEMY OF NURSING, Vol.41(6) : 742-749, 2011 
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF KOREAN ACADEMY OF NURSING
ISSN
 1598-2874 
Issue Date
2011
MeSH
Adolescent ; Adult ; Age Factors ; Aged ; Anti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic use* ; Bacterial Infections/drug therapy* ; Common Cold/drug therapy ; Cross-Sectional Studies ; Drug Resistance, Bacterial ; Female ; Health Education ; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice* ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Republic of Korea ; Surveys and Questionnaires ; Young Adult
Keywords
Anti-bacterial agents ; Education ; Knowledge ; Attitude
Abstract
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.
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DOI
10.4040/jkan.2011.41.6.742
Appears in Collections:
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, So Sun(김소선)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/94986
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