Antibiotics overuse in children with upper respiratory tract infections in Saudi Arabia : risk factors and potential interventions

Alumran, Arwa, Hurst, Cameron, & Hou, Xiang-Yu (2011) Antibiotics overuse in children with upper respiratory tract infections in Saudi Arabia : risk factors and potential interventions. Clinical Medicine and Diagnostics, 1(1), pp. 8-16.

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Background: Antibiotics misuse is currently one of the major public health issues worldwide. This misuse can lead to the development of bacterial resistance, increasing the burden of chronic diseases, rising costs of health services, and the development of side effects. Several factors may influence this pattern of overuse.

Objectives:This article will review the pertinent factors contributing to the overuse of antibiotics worldwide, and to assess the intervention strategies to limit this overuse. Methods: studies about antibiotics use in children were reviewed from several electronic databases, such as MEDLINE and Pubmed. Results: Factors contributing to the overuse of antibiotics could include psychosocial factors, such as behaviors and attitudes (e.g. self-medication, over-the-counter medication, or patients/parents pressure), and demographic factors, such as socio-economic status and education level. Several intervention strategies were reported to be effective in reducing the overuse of antibiotics, such as health education, doctor-patient communication, and policies change. Multifaceted interventions were found to be the most effective in reducing the antibiotics overuse.

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ID Code: 53736
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Antibiotics, Misuse, Overuse, Intervention Strategies, Children, Upper Respiratory Tract Infections, Saudi Arabia
DOI: 10.5923/j.cmd.20110101.02
ISSN: 2163-1433
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Scientific & Academic Publishing
Deposited On: 18 Sep 2012 22:35
Last Modified: 18 May 2013 09:17

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