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USE OF ANTIBIOTICS AMONG GENERAL PUBLIC; A SURVEY BASED STUDY TO ASSESS THE KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF SAUDIS

Arwa Saleh Alhuwireni*, Alanoud Saad Alshammary, Noor Alswaje, Gada Ishaq Aloraini, Kholod Abdullah Alamri, Shihana Thamer Alrasheed, Dr. Shahzeb H. Ansari

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Introduction: Dental treatment is hardly complete without the prescription of antibiotics. These drugs are prescribed on daily basis by hundreds of thousands of dentists throughout the globe. Educating patients about this important issue is essential in promoting good health for the public. Materials and methods: This is a cross sectional study, which utilized the service of a closed ended questionnaire. All adults having a history of at least one antibiotic exposure in 12 months were included in this study. A total of 366 male and female participants were recruited in this study. Results: The survey was completed by 366 participants, including 99 males and 267 females. As far as age groups are concerned, 278 participants were 18-30 years, 50 from 31-45 and 32 from 45-60 years. Conclusion: Overall knowledge of participants regarding the use of antibiotics is satisfactory. Females had better knowledge than the males.

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