Patterns of Antibiotic Use, Knowledge, and Perceptions among Jordanian Population: A Cross-sectional Study

Manal Ayyash, Rana Abu-Farha, Kamel Jaber, Suleiman Ateih, Amal Akour

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Abstract

Background: Practices concerning antibiotic use have detrimental impacts on body immunity, bacterial resistance, and the overall health of the general population. Misconceptions regarding antibiotic use can lead to improper use and malpractice, posing numerous health threats. Objectives: This study aims to assess the knowledge, practices, and awareness of Jordanian adults about antibiotics. This includes an analysis of their understanding of antibiotic uses and the sources from which they acquire such knowledge. Methods: A representative sample of Jordanian adults was invited to participate in an online survey distributed through social media platforms. Key findings: The results showed that 77.6% of the participants had received an antibiotic at least once in the past 12 months. About two thirds reported no problems with using a different brand name (alternative) for the prescribed antibiotic. The majority of respondents trust the decisions made by pharmacists. Moreover, participants with higher ages, female participants, those with a higher level of education, uninsured participants, and those with a medicine-related degree showed better antibiotic knowledge compared to others (P<0.05 for all). Conclusion: There is a good level of antibiotic-related knowledge amongst Jordanian adults. However, prevalent misconceptions and improper use also exist, indicating the need for focused attention on correcting such practices that might adversely impact the health of the community as a whole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-143
Number of pages13
JournalJordan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • antibiotics
  • Awareness
  • Jordan
  • perception
  • Use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science

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