台灣地區民眾抗生素認知與用藥行為

Chien-Chang Liao, Yu-Kang Chang, Hsiu-His Chen, Chung-Yen Lu, Ling-Ya Huang, Fung-Chang Sung

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Objectives: Inappropriate usage of antibiotics has been associated with bacterial antibiotic resistance. This study reported the medication behaviors and the knowledge of taking antibiotics for adults in Taiwan. Method: With random telephone dialing system, we interviewed adults aged 20 years and above to collect information of their sociodemographic characteristics, and knowledge and use of antibiotics. Results: Among 1507 adults interviewed, 1279 persons (84.9%) knew or had heard of antibiotics, and 548 persons (36.4%) and/or their children aged less than 18 years had taken antibiotics in the last six months. Knowledge scores of antibiotics increased among those with more education. Near 60% of respondents were self-reported non-compliant with physician's order to complete the entire medication course. Among those with antibiotics prescription in the last 6 months, 70.1% did not complete the medication if the symptom had become alleviative. Individuals who were more likely non-compliant with physician's order were those who had purchased antibiotics from drugstores with no prescription, compared with those with the prescription (94.5% vs. 66.9%) (p<0.0001). However, there was no significant association between knowledge level and the inadequate antibiotics medication. Conclusion: Good knowledge does not assure of adequate medication. The challenge of achieving better compliance with antibiotics use among general population is more complex than just education.
Original languageTraditional Chinese
Pages (from-to)135-142
Number of pages8
JournalTaiwan Journal of Public Health
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Liao, C-C., Chang, Y-K., Chen, H-H., Lu, C-Y., Huang, L-Y., & Sung, F-C. (2006). 台灣地區民眾抗生素認知與用藥行為. Taiwan Journal of Public Health, 25(2), 135-142. https://doi.org/10.6288/TJPH2006-25-02-06