KNOWLEDGE Of ANTIBIOTIC USE, MISUSE AND ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN THE SLUM COMMUNITY IN KARACHI

  • Alia Nasir Dean / Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Ziauddin University, Karachi
  • badil das goil Assistant Professor, Institute of Nursing, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi
  • Adeel Eliyas Nursing Instructor, College of Nursing, Ziauddin University, Karachi
  • Shireen Sherali Nursing Instructor, Liaquat College of Nursing, Liaquat National Hospital. Karachi
  • Muhammad Hasnain Shaikh BS. Nursing Student, College of Nursing, Ziauddin University, Karachi
  • Shamsher Moloo BS. Nursing Student, College of Nursing, Ziauddin University, Karachi
Keywords: Antibiotic, knowledge, resistance, antimicrobial agents, excessive use

Abstract

Background: Worldwide antimicrobial resistance is hugely increasing in the response of inappropriate antibiotic use. Our objectives were to assess knowledge of antibiotic use, misuse and antibiotic resistance in the slum community of Karachi.
Methods: This Community-based cross-sectional study was carried out Shireen Jinnah Colony in Karachi for the period of six months from 1st January to 30th June 2017.Subjects of both genders were approached through convenient non-probability sampling technique. Subjects of both genders having age 15 years and above and who were willing to participate in the study were included. An adapted and validated questionnaire was used for data collection.
Results: Out of total 120 subjects, the majority of 100 (83.3%) were males, 64 (53.3%) married, 36 (30%) were matriculate and 54.2% fell in the age group between 15-30 years of age. Majority of 77.5% participants never attended any seminar or workshop about antibiotic resistance. Most of 73.33% subjects answered that antibiotics are effective in treating both bacterial and viral infections. 60.83% of respondents purchase antibiotic with the prescription. 70 % of subjects knew about antibiotic adverse drug reaction. In addition, 60.83% stop the antibiotic medication when feeling better.
Conclusion: The study concluded the lack of knowledge of the use of antibiotics and the unnecessary and improper use of the antibiotic may cause antibiotic resistance.

Published
2019-07-13
How to Cite
Nasir, A., goil, badil, Eliyas, A., Sherali, S., Shaikh, M. H., & Moloo, S. (2019). KNOWLEDGE Of ANTIBIOTIC USE, MISUSE AND ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN THE SLUM COMMUNITY IN KARACHI. Pakistan Journal of Public Health, 9(1), 04-06. https://doi.org/10.32413/pjph.v9i1.271