AffiliationDepartment of Medical Microbiology, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Ireland., email@example.com
Anti-Bacterial Agents/administration & dosage/*therapeutic use
*Drug Resistance, Microbial
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CitationIr Med J. 2003 Feb;96(2):43-4, 46.
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractThe problem of antibiotic resistance is associated with the indiscriminate usage of antibiotics. Efforts have been directed at encouraging the rational use of these drugs to reduce the volume of antibiotic consumption and decrease resistance rates. There is evidence to suggest that the misuse of antibiotics by patients may also contribute to the problem. We describe a survey of a random selection of patients attending a General Practitioners' surgery over a six week period in an effort to estimate the level of non-compliance to antibiotic therapy in the community. The results suggest that there may be a significant level of antibiotic misuse prevalent in the local community. We discuss these results and present evidence in the literature suggesting how antibiotic misuse may affect resistance in the community. The factors affecting patient compliance to therapy are outlined along with suggested measures to improve compliance among patients.