Knowledge and attitude towards antibiotic use and awareness on antibiotic resistance among older people in Malaysia

Koo Hui Sien, Marhanis Salihah Omar

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Abstract

Antibiotic resistance is a significant global health concern. The challenges of antibiotics usage among elderly include antibiotic overuse, antibiotic resistance, dosing of antibiotics and adverse effects. This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge and attitude towards antibiotics usage among the elderly as well as the awareness on antibiotic resistance. A prospective cross-sectional study was conducted in outpatient department of a tertiary hospital in Malaysia from September 2016 to November 2016 using researcher-assisted and validated questionnaires. A total number of 250 elderly patients were recruited and majority of them (n=152, 60.8%) had moderate level of knowledge, with a median (IQR) score of 6.00(3.00) out of 12 points and positive attitude with a median (IQR) score of 7.00(1.00) out of 8 points. There was a positive correlation between knowledge and attitude scores (r = 0.335, p<0.001). Generally, awareness on antibiotic resistance was low as majority of the elderly respondents were not familiar (n=182, 71.8%) with the term “antibiotic resistance” and had never hear or read about antibiotic resistance before (n=150, 60.0%). In conclusion, majority of the elderly respondents had moderate level of knowledge and positive attitude towards antibiotics, implying the necessities of having public awareness campaigns to rectify the incomplete understanding of antibiotic use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationPart B
PublisherGiunti
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
Edition2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Part B
Number2
Volume55
ISSN (Print)2518-4261
ISSN (Electronic)2518-427X

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antibiotic resistance
Malaysia
Microbial Drug Resistance
antibiotics
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Tertiary Care Centers
cross-sectional studies
Outpatients
questionnaires
Cross-Sectional Studies
researchers
adverse effects
Research Personnel
Surveys and Questionnaires
Health

Keywords

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Antibiotic use
  • Elderly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Hui Sien, K., & Omar, M. S. (2018). Knowledge and attitude towards antibiotic use and awareness on antibiotic resistance among older people in Malaysia. In Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Part B (2 ed., pp. 1-9). (Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Part B; Vol. 55, No. 2). Giunti.

Knowledge and attitude towards antibiotic use and awareness on antibiotic resistance among older people in Malaysia. / Hui Sien, Koo; Omar, Marhanis Salihah.

Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Part B. 2. ed. Giunti, 2018. p. 1-9 (Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Part B; Vol. 55, No. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Hui Sien, K & Omar, MS 2018, Knowledge and attitude towards antibiotic use and awareness on antibiotic resistance among older people in Malaysia. in Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Part B. 2 edn, Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Part B, no. 2, vol. 55, Giunti, pp. 1-9.
Hui Sien K, Omar MS. Knowledge and attitude towards antibiotic use and awareness on antibiotic resistance among older people in Malaysia. In Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Part B. 2 ed. Giunti. 2018. p. 1-9. (Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Part B; 2).
Hui Sien, Koo ; Omar, Marhanis Salihah. / Knowledge and attitude towards antibiotic use and awareness on antibiotic resistance among older people in Malaysia. Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Part B. 2. ed. Giunti, 2018. pp. 1-9 (Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Part B; 2).
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