Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

ISSN: 2472-1212

Open Access

Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Control: Physicians Aspects and Beliefs


Ariana M, Eleftheria M

Introduction: Antibiotic resistance is a global healthcare problem, strongly connected to hospital acquired infections. The aim of the study was to imprint doctors' perceptions and beliefs regarding antibiotics use and resistance, and infection prevention and control measures as well.

Material and Methods: The current study was conducted in Messolonghi hospital and in Agioi Anargiroi hospital. A specific questionnaire was administered to 123 clinicians of varying specialties, mostly interns.

Results: Drawbacks were detected in staff training in terms of proper antibiotic prescription. Their prescribing decisions were mainly affected by their knowledge, training and their previous experience. The vast majority of the participants consider antibiotic resistance as a serious national problem, driven by antibiotic overprescribing. They also believe hospital acquired infections are a serious health problem, with major effects on healthcare quality and cost. However, few successfully responded in the relative questionnaire regarding patient colonization from nosocomial pathogens and although they were informed about Personal Protective Measures, few had knowledge of their proper use.

Discussion: This study indicates that the application of coordinated antimicrobial programs (antibiotic stewardship) as well as clinician training in infection prevention and control is imperative for Public Hospitals in Greece.


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