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IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 255-260

Irrational use of antibiotics among medical university students in Majma’ah City, KSA, 2018

Authors: Maha Sameer Almutairi, Huda Hakim, Rahaf Riadh Alhezemy, Shahd Sulaiman Alarfaj, Norah Ibrahim Alqurmulah, Shoug Fahad Alotaibi, Mashael Ibrahim Aleidan.

ABSTRACT

Background: Antibiotic abuse is a shared problem worldwide. People misuse antibiotics for simple viral infection without a medical prescription. This practice could lead to potential harmful effects on community health. Physician's knowledge is also very important to prescribe proper antibiotics for the patients. Thereby, this study aimed to assess the knowledge and practice toward antibiotics use among medical students at Majma’ah University in Saudi Arabia. Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study conducted among 304 medical students of Majma'ah University. Data were collected between February and March 2018, by using self-administered questionnaire among a sample of 171 medical students from different academic years. Results: Overall, the majority of participants (64.1%) had a good knowledge of the irrational use of antibiotics, while 26.1% had adequate knowledge. There were no significant associations among the academic level, gender, and the knowledge of the irrational use of antibiotics. The results showed most of the students (66.7%) took antibiotics prescribed by physicians, (16.3%) by self-prescription, and (6.5%) by pharmacists. Almost, 58.2% students' source about irrational use of antibiotics was from the physician and health care professionals. Conclusion: The study showed that the overall level of knowledge of medical students at Majma'ah University was good. Physician and health care professionals were the source of information for most of the students. Majority of the students took antibiotics as prescribed by a physician, which indicated a good practice.

Keywords:
Knowledge, practice, antibiotic, medical student, irrational use


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Irrational use of antibiotics among medical university students in Majma’ah City, KSA, 2018


Authors
Maha Sameer Almutairi
College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
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Huda Hakim
Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
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Rahaf Riadh Alhezemy
College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
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Shahd Sulaiman Alarfaj
College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
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Norah Ibrahim Alqurmulah
College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
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Shoug Fahad Alotaibi
College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
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Mashael Ibrahim Aleidan
College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Norah Ibrahim Alqurmulah, College of Medicine, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia.; mahas1417@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 07 Dec 2020
Accepted 15 Dec 2020
Published online 23 Dec 2020
Published in print 11 Jan 2021

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Almutairi MS, Hakim H, Alhezemy RR, Alarfaj SS, Alqurmulah NI, Alotaibi SF, Aleidan MI. Irrational use of antibiotics among medical university students in Majma’ah City, KSA, 2018. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 255-260. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1607160304


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Almutairi MS, Hakim H, Alhezemy RR, Alarfaj SS, Alqurmulah NI, Alotaibi SF, Aleidan MI. Irrational use of antibiotics among medical university students in Majma’ah City, KSA, 2018. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=21439 [Access: February 25, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1607160304


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Almutairi MS, Hakim H, Alhezemy RR, Alarfaj SS, Alqurmulah NI, Alotaibi SF, Aleidan MI. Irrational use of antibiotics among medical university students in Majma’ah City, KSA, 2018. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 255-260. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1607160304


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Almutairi MS, Hakim H, Alhezemy RR, Alarfaj SS, Alqurmulah NI, Alotaibi SF, Aleidan MI. Irrational use of antibiotics among medical university students in Majma’ah City, KSA, 2018. IJMDC. (2021), [cited February 25, 2021]; 5(1): 255-260. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1607160304


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Almutairi, M. S., Hakim, . H., Alhezemy, . R. R., Alarfaj, . S. S., Alqurmulah, . N. I., Alotaibi, . S. F. & Aleidan, . M. I. (2021) Irrational use of antibiotics among medical university students in Majma’ah City, KSA, 2018. IJMDC, 5 (1), 255-260. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1607160304


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Almutairi, Maha Sameer, Huda Hakim, Rahaf Riadh Alhezemy, Shahd Sulaiman Alarfaj, Norah Ibrahim Alqurmulah, Shoug Fahad Alotaibi, and Mashael Ibrahim Aleidan. 2021. Irrational use of antibiotics among medical university students in Majma’ah City, KSA, 2018. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 255-260. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1607160304


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Almutairi, Maha Sameer, Huda Hakim, Rahaf Riadh Alhezemy, Shahd Sulaiman Alarfaj, Norah Ibrahim Alqurmulah, Shoug Fahad Alotaibi, and Mashael Ibrahim Aleidan. "Irrational use of antibiotics among medical university students in Majma’ah City, KSA, 2018." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 255-260. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1607160304


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Almutairi, Maha Sameer, Huda Hakim, Rahaf Riadh Alhezemy, Shahd Sulaiman Alarfaj, Norah Ibrahim Alqurmulah, Shoug Fahad Alotaibi, and Mashael Ibrahim Aleidan. "Irrational use of antibiotics among medical university students in Majma’ah City, KSA, 2018." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.1 (2021), 255-260. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1607160304


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Almutairi, M. S., Hakim, . H., Alhezemy, . R. R., Alarfaj, . S. S., Alqurmulah, . N. I., Alotaibi, . S. F. & Aleidan, . M. I. (2021) Irrational use of antibiotics among medical university students in Majma’ah City, KSA, 2018. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 255-260. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1607160304


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