Knowledge, attitude and practice of self-medication (antibiotics) among undergraduate final year nursing students in Lahore, Pakistan.
Keywords:Knowledge, Attitude and Practice, Self-Medication, Antibiotics, Final Year Nursing Students.
Self-medication of antibiotics is a worldwide phenomenon that may contribute to antibioticresistant human pathogens. The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of the self-medication of antibiotics and knowledge on AMR among the final year undergraduate nursing students in Lahore, Pakistan. The study design was descriptive and cross sectional. The random sampling technique was applied to draw the sample. The results of the study were moderate knowledge of antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance. Mostly students have shown a positive attitude towards self-medication and majority students are doing adequate practice. However, according to the results of Pearson correlation test knowledge has significant (p<0.05%) association with attitude and practice but association of attitude and practice was found to be statistically insignificant (p>0.05%). The findings can be concluded that having a clear understanding of when and when not to use antibiotics can help reduce antibiotic resistance among nursing students in their final year as future nurses who will practice medicine.
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