Special Issue "Global Antibiotic Use"

A special issue of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382). This special issue belongs to the section "Antibiotics Use and Antimicrobial Stewardship".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022 | Viewed by 374

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Xiaoxv Yin
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Guest Editor
School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
Interests: rational antibiotic use; antimicrobial stewardship

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Antibiotic resistance caused by the irrational use of antibiotics has become a global public health problem. Identifying and evaluating the current status of global antibiotic use is a necessary prerequisite for antimicrobial stewardship and effective feedback for intervention implementation. The supply and demand sides of health services include health facilities, retail pharmacies, and residents. These are the primary targets for evaluating human antibiotic use in various countries. In this Special Issue, we welcome the submission of original research articles, short communications, or review articles that evaluate the rationality of antibiotic use from multiple perspectives.

Prof. Dr. Xiaoxv Yin
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • antibiotic use
  • antibiotic resistance
  • antimicrobial stewardship
  • global

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Self-Medication as an Important Risk Factor for Antibiotic Resistance: A Multi-Institutional Survey among Students
Antibiotics 2022, 11(7), 842; https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics11070842 - 23 Jun 2022
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Self-medication is an important issue, especially in developing countries. Self-medication is the concept in which individuals use medicine to ease and manage their minor illnesses. The current survey was designed to conduct interviews at different universities based on the availability of the students [...] Read more.
Self-medication is an important issue, especially in developing countries. Self-medication is the concept in which individuals use medicine to ease and manage their minor illnesses. The current survey was designed to conduct interviews at different universities based on the availability of the students from August 2021 to October 2021 in Hazara region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan. Overall, 1250 questionnaires were distributed to students from various departments. Students of microbiology (n = 305, 24.4%) and agriculture 236 (n = 18.8%) were the most elevated members in this study, while other participants were from medical lab technology (n = 118, 9.4%), chemistry (n = 103, 8.2%), food science (n = 92, 7.3%), business administration (n = 83, 6.6%), sociology (n = 78, 6.2%), math/physics (n = 6, 14.8%), Pak study (n = 58, 4.6%), English (n = 47, 3.7%), and psychology (n = 19, 1.5%). Students working towards their Bachelor numbered (n = 913, 73.0%), Master (minor) numbered (n = 80, 6.4%), Master (major) numbered (n = 221, 17.6%), and Doctorate numbered (n = 36, 2.8%). The age group of participants was majorly 20–25 years (61.0%), while others belonged to the age groups 25–30 years (20.6%), 30–35 years (9.8%), and 35–40 years (8.4%). The mean and standard deviation of daily practices of self-medication were observed (M = 416.667, SD = 1,026,108.667) and p = 0.002. The mean and standard deviation of daily practices of antibiotic knowledge was (M = 431.5, SD = 1,615,917) and p = 0.002. Antimicrobial agents were leading over others with 631 (50.4%), followed by anti-inflammatory with 331 (26.4%), multivitamins with 142 (11.3%), gynecological purpose with 59 (4.7%), and analgesic with 72 (5.7%), while the lowest frequency rate was observed against herbal remedies with 15 (1.2%). The results of the current study concluded that students practiced self-medication for reasons such as convenience to obtain these medications from cheap sources and to avoid the fee of a physician. They searched for the medicine on social media platforms and purchased it blindly from the pharmacy without any prescription from a physician. Full article
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