Knowledge, attitudes and practices on antibiotics and antibiotic resistance among university students in the health sector
Antimicrobial resistance is the phenomenon by which a microorganism ceases to be affected by an antimicrobial to which it was previously exposed. microorganism is no longer affected by an antimicrobial to which it was previously sensitive. was sensitive to. Antimicrobial resistance is a public health problem, due to the multiple complications it may complications it can lead to. Generally, health care trainees have a much higher health care students are generally much more knowledgeable about the use of antibiotics than the general community. the general community, but not enough to prevent further increases in antibiotic resistance. further increase in resistance. Studies have been conducted to investigate this problem among among future health care workers have been conducted and found inadequate knowledge. inadequate knowledge, therefore, a good education in their training will have a positive impact on resistance. will have a positive impact on antibiotic resistance during professional practice. professional practice. Objective: To evaluate knowledge, attitudes and practices on antibiotics, antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance. and antibiotic resistance in medical and nursing students of a higher education institution in Barranquilla, Colombia. an institution of higher education in Barranquilla (Colombia). Key words: Antibiotics, Antimicrobial resistance, Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional, observational, survey-type, descriptive, cross-sectional, observational study was sample of 530 students distributed in 315 medical students and 215 nursing students of the and 215 nursing students of the institution of higher education under study, during the second semester of 2022. the institution of higher education under study, during the second semester of 2022. It demographic variables and variables related to knowledge, attitudes and practices about antibiotics, antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance were studied. A previously designed and validated questionnaire was applied, which had four sections. The first section corresponded to demographic information of the study subjects. The second section included seven true-false questions that measured the level of knowledge related to antibiotics.