Rimah A. Almohammed
Public knowledge and behaviours relating to antibiotic use in Gulf Cooperation Council countries: A systematic review
Almohammed, Rimah A.; Bird, Emma L.
© 2018 The Authors The aim of this review was to assess public knowledge and behaviours in relation to antibiotic use in GCC countries. A systematic review was performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE and other relevant databases. Cross-sectional studies published from January 2000 to June 2017 relating to public knowledge and behaviours towards antibiotic use were included. Overall nine studies met the inclusion criteria for this systematic review. Nearly half of general public respondents in the GCC region reported a lack of knowledge about antibiotic use and showed negative attitudes towards antibiotic utilisation. Penicillin was the most frequently misused antibiotic, particularly for self-medication. Most respondents declared that they obtained information on antibiotics from pharmacists. Pharmacies were the major source of antibiotics used for self-medication. A multi-disciplinary approach must be put in place to educate the public on appropriate antibiotic use, to improve policies regarding the rational prescription of antimicrobials and to increase regulation enforcement.
Almohammed, R. A., & Bird, E. L. (2019). Public knowledge and behaviours relating to antibiotic use in Gulf Cooperation Council countries: A systematic review. Journal of Infection and Public Health, 12(2), 159-166. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jiph.2018.09.002
|Journal Article Type||Review|
|Acceptance Date||Sep 1, 2018|
|Online Publication Date||Sep 21, 2018|
|Publication Date||Mar 1, 2019|
|Deposit Date||Sep 24, 2018|
|Publicly Available Date||Sep 24, 2018|
|Journal||Journal of Infection and Public Health|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||public, knowledge, behavior, antibiotic, antibacterial, Gulf countries|
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