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Antibiotic knowledge and self-care for acute respiratory tract infections in Mexico.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22535174     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To examine knowledge of and self-treatment with antibiotics among medically-insured adults in Mexico.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional, interviewer-administered survey among 101 adult patients seeking care for acute respiratory tract infections in a family medicine clinic in Mexico. Knowledge scores were calculated as a composite of correct, incorrect and don't know responses. Factors associated with antibiotic knowledge and antibiotic self-treatment were explored with bivariate analyses.
RESULTS: 47% of participants were taking antibiotics prior to the visit, 20% were self-treating. Antibiotic knowledge was highly variable. Many participants believed common non-antibiotic treatments for colds and coughs were antibiotics, such as ambroxol (45%), Desenfriol (45%) and paracetamol (44%). Older participants (>40 years) had better knowledge scores.
DISCUSSION: Self-treatment with and misperceptions about antibiotics are common among medically insured adults seeking medical attention in Mexico.
Ralph Gonzales; Alma Ethelia López-Caudana; Tulia González-Flores; Janaki Jayanthan; Kitty K Corbett; Hortensia Reyes-Morales
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Salud pública de México     Volume:  54     ISSN:  1606-7916     ISO Abbreviation:  Salud Publica Mex     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404371     Medline TA:  Salud Publica Mex     Country:  Mexico    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  152-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of California, San Francisco, California, EUA.
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