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dc.contributor.authorCarey, B
dc.contributor.authorCryan, B
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-03T15:09:37Z
dc.date.available2012-02-03T15:09:37Z
dc.date.issued2012-02-03T15:09:37Z
dc.identifier.citationIr Med J. 2003 Feb;96(2):43-4, 46.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102 (Print)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid12674152en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/209001
dc.description.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.
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdulten_GB
dc.subject.meshAge Distributionen_GB
dc.subject.meshAgeden_GB
dc.subject.meshAnti-Bacterial Agents/administration & dosage/*therapeutic useen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Drug Resistance, Microbialen_GB
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshMaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_GB
dc.subject.meshPatient Compliance/*psychologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshPhysicians, Familyen_GB
dc.subject.meshQuestionnairesen_GB
dc.subject.meshResidence Characteristicsen_GB
dc.subject.meshTime Factorsen_GB
dc.titleAntibiotic misuse in the community--a contributor to resistance?en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Medical Microbiology, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Ireland., bryanc1007@yahoo.comen_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen_GB
dc.description.provinceMunster
html.description.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.


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