Antibiotic prescribing in DR Congo: a knowledge, attitude and practice survey among medical doctors and students

K. Thriemer, Y. Katuala, B. Batoko, J.P. Alworonga, H. Devlieger, C. Van Geet, D. Ngbonda, J. Jacobs

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Antibiotic resistance (ABR) particularly hits resource poor countries, and is fuelled by irrational antibiotic (AB) prescribing. We surveyed knowledge, attitudes and practices of AB prescribing among medical students and doctors in Kisangani, DR Congo. METHODS: Self-administered questionnaires. RESULTS: A total of 184 questionnaires were completed (response rate 94.4%). Knowledge about AB was low (mean score 4.9/8 points), as was the estimation of local resistance rates of S. Typhi and Klebsiella spp.(correct by 42.5% and 6.9% of respondents respectively). ABR was recognized as a problem though less in their own practice (67.4%) than nation- or worldwide (92.9% and 85.5%, p
Original languageEnglish
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume8
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)e55495
ISSN1932-6203
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Bacterial diseases
  • Salmonella
  • Salmonella typhi
  • Klebsiella
  • Treatment
  • Antibiotics
  • Prescription
  • KAP
  • Knowledge
  • Attitudes
  • Practices
  • Medical doctors
  • Students
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Guidelines
  • Courses
  • Training
  • Internet
  • Web based
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • WHO
  • Quality
  • Congo-Kinshasa
  • Africa-Central

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