Knowledge and use of antibiotics among people in Taiwan

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

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Abstract

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

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-142
Number of pages8
JournalTaiwan Journal of Public Health
Volume25
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Taiwan
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Prescriptions
Bacterial Drug Resistance
Physicians
Telephone
Education

Keywords

  • Antibiotics
  • Compliance with physician's order
  • Knowledge
  • Use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Liao, C. C., Chang, Y. K., Chen, H. H., Lu, C. Y., Huang, L. Y., & Sung, F. C. (2006). Knowledge and use of antibiotics among people in Taiwan. Taiwan Journal of Public Health, 25(2), 135-142.

Knowledge and use of antibiotics among people in Taiwan. / Liao, Chien Chang; Chang, Yu Kang; Chen, Hsiu Hsi; Lu, Chung Yen; Huang, Ling Ya; Sung, Fung Chang.

In: Taiwan Journal of Public Health, Vol. 25, No. 2, 04.2006, p. 135-142.

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Liao, CC, Chang, YK, Chen, HH, Lu, CY, Huang, LY & Sung, FC 2006, 'Knowledge and use of antibiotics among people in Taiwan', Taiwan Journal of Public Health, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 135-142.
Liao CC, Chang YK, Chen HH, Lu CY, Huang LY, Sung FC. Knowledge and use of antibiotics among people in Taiwan. Taiwan Journal of Public Health. 2006 Apr;25(2):135-142.
Liao, Chien Chang ; Chang, Yu Kang ; Chen, Hsiu Hsi ; Lu, Chung Yen ; Huang, Ling Ya ; Sung, Fung Chang. / Knowledge and use of antibiotics among people in Taiwan. In: Taiwan Journal of Public Health. 2006 ; Vol. 25, No. 2. pp. 135-142.
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