Published: 2019-07-23

The assessment of knowledge, attitude and practice of antibiotic stewardship among healthcare providers in a tertiary care hospital

Akhilesh Kumar, Monica Aggarwal, Varsha Rathor


Background: Antibiotics are the most commonly used drugs often associated with inappropriate use leading to resistance. While knowledge enlightens and provides an insight into the problems faced, behavioral change solely depends on the beliefs and attitude. Aim of this study to evaluate the knowledge and beliefs about antimicrobial prescribing among prescribers in a teaching tertiary care hospital

Methods: The present study was conducted in the Department of Pharmacology, ESIC   Medical College and Hospital, Faridabad. after  Ethical clearance from the Institutional Ethics Committee. Design of this study was a prospective, cross-sectional study carried out in the form of a survey in which a pretested, semi-structured, validated questionnaire of 30 questions was provided to Junior residents, Senior residents and Faculty of different specialties and response was recorded. Questionnaire comprises of 10 questions each in knowledge, attitude and practice section.

Results: Out of 132 prescribers 86.5% believed that irrational practice will cause global resistant development. majority (92.3%) were expressing the need that sample culture should be sent before starting antibiotics but only 69.2 % were of the opinion that culture and sensitivity should be done in all infections and 92.3% were expressing the view that hospital antibiotics policy is useful in reducing AMR.

Conclusions: The present survey on antibiotic usage gives useful information about the knowledge, attitudes and practices of prescribers and help plan suitable educational interventions that aim at improving the antimicrobial prescribing and minimizing the development of resistance.


Antimicrobial resistance, Attitude, Knowledge, Practices

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