KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF ANTIBIOTICS AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS IN VIETNAM
 
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Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam.
Online publication date: 2018-06-26
Publication date: 2018-06-26
 
Eurasian J Anal Chem 2018;13(4):emEJAC04325
 
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Globally, the use of antibiotics remains a common practice. This cross-sectional study aimed to determine the knowledge, attitudes and practices of medical students regarding the use of antibiotics without a prescription. Specific insights were gained from the context of Vietnam. The results concurred with previous literature addressing a significant rise in antibiotic resistance, leading to measures curbing the inappropriate use of antibiotics. Regarding the previous year, a significant number of participants were in agreement or strong agreement that they had taken antibiotics at least twice. Most participants understood the purpose of using antibiotics correctly, and most of Vietnam’s medical students understood some of the risks associated with the improper use of antibiotics. However, Vietnam’s national healthcare system is costly and formed a push factor that led to the use of antibiotics, with the majority found to have taken antibiotics at least twice during the previous year. Thus, there is a need for education programmes in Vietnam that target institutions of higher education as well as the larger community. Education regarding the correct use of antibiotics and the risks of antibiotic resistance is critical, especially if the intervention is complemented by medical subsidisation.
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