Misconceptions and malpractices toward antibiotic use in childhood upper respiratory tract infections among a cohort of lebanese parents

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dc.contributor.author El Khoury, Ghada
dc.contributor.author Ramia, Elsy
dc.contributor.author Salameh, Pascale
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-19T07:33:32Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-19T07:33:32Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1552-3918 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/6830
dc.description.abstract Antimicrobial resistance is an emerging global health threat. Misuse and abuse of antibiotics are of particular concern in the pediatric population. Since management of childhood illnesses depends considerably on parents’ perceptions, the objectives of this study were to report parents’ perspectives and assess their practices toward antibiotics used for upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) in children. Using a cross-sectional design, anonymous structured questionnaires were completed by 1,037 parents in public and private schools across Lebanon’s largest governorate. Descriptive statistics were used to report participants’ responses. A multivariate analysis was performed to identify factors affecting knowledge and malpractice related to antibiotic use. Significant misconceptions and malpractices were identified among parents. For instance, 33.9% of parents considered that antibiotics are helpful in treating common cold among children and 36.2% believed antibiotics expedite the recovery of their child with common cold infection. Moreover, there was a lack of knowledge concerning antibiotic coverage, since 37.9% of the respondents believed that antibiotics treat viral infections and 21.5% were neutral toward this question. Around 20% of the participants believed they can reduce the dose of antibiotics if the child gets better. Significant factors associated with poor knowledge and misuses were parents’ lower educational and socioeconomic levels. Despite extensive evidence on the limited role of antibiotics in URTIs, parents in Lebanon continue to misuse them. More concerted efforts are needed to improve parents’ knowledge and practices with regard to the rational use of antibiotics. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Misconceptions and malpractices toward antibiotic use in childhood upper respiratory tract infections among a cohort of lebanese parents en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOP en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200104046 en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200302267
dc.author.department Pharmacy Practice Department en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Evaluation & the Health Professions en_US
dc.keywords Antibiotic resistance en_US
dc.keywords Parental perceptions en_US
dc.keywords Antibiotic misuse en_US
dc.keywords Pediatric population en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Upper respiratory tract infection en_US
dc.identifier.ctation El Khoury, G., Ramia, E., & Salameh, P. (2017). Misconceptions and Malpractices Toward Antibiotic Use in Childhood Upper Respiratory Tract Infections Among a Cohort of Lebanese Parents. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 0163278716686809. en_US
dc.author.email ghada.khoury@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.author.email elsy.ramia@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0163278716686809 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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