Assessment of Antibiotic Knowledge Among Final Year Pharmacy Students at University of Baghdad
Ehab Mudher Mikhael1, *, Mohammed Khudhair Hasan2, Sama Zaid Abdulridha3
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2019
First Page: 379
Last Page: 383
Publisher ID: TOPHJ-12-379
Article History:Received Date: 30/06/2019
Revision Received Date: 20/08/2019
Acceptance Date: 05/09/2019
Electronic publication date: 30/09/2019
Collection year: 2019
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Antibiotics are life-saving drugs that if misused lead to antibiotic resistance and consequently to a substantial public health issue. Pharmacists have a major role in ensuring the rational use of antibiotics to prevent antibiotic resistance. This study aimed to assess antibiotic knowledge among final year pharmacy students at Baghdad University.
A cross sectional study using a newly developed and validated questionnaire was given for 148 final year (5th stage) students at Baghdad University – College of Pharmacy during November 2016. Only 140 students (response rate 93%) completed the questionnaire. The 10 items-questionnaire consisted of 5 major domains: Antibiotic effectiveness, side effects, resistance, use in specific cases (e.g., during pregnancy and septicemia), and the legal issues of antibiotic dispensing.
Only 20% of students have good overall antibiotic knowledge. The least knowledge for pharmacy student was in regard to antibiotic side effects and antibiotic resistance at which only 22% and 19% of pharmacists possessed good antibiotic knowledge respectively. Knowledge of student was the best in legal issues of antibiotic dispensing. There was a non-significant difference in antibiotic knowledge between male and female pharmacy students.
Antibiotic knowledge among pharmacy students at Baghdad University was very poor and less than expected.