Confidence in antibiotic prescribing intentions among senior medical students in India

Olivia Ritchie, Veena Shetty, Sumathi Prabhu, Avinash K. Shetty

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major public health problem in India. We surveyed medical students to assess their knowledge, attitudes, and factors associated with confidence in antibiotic prescribing intent. In this crosssectional study, a convenience sample of 356 students were surveyed in July-August 2017 on AMR-related knowledge, attitudes, information sources and antimicrobial training. Antimicrobial resistance knowledge and attitude scores were calculated. Bivariate analysis using the chi-square test of independence and multivariate binary logistic regression analysis were used to investigate factors associated with confidence in antibiotic prescribing intent. A total of 347 students completed the survey; 64% agreed that strong knowledge of antibiotics is important in their medical careers; 61%stated that they would like more education regarding appropriate use of antibiotics. The mean total knowledge score was 11.5 out of 31 (SD = 3.4), and the mean attitude score was 6.0 out of 16 (SD = 4.2). Although 13% of students were "very familiar"/"familiar"with the term "antimicrobial stewardship,"only 35% of students felt "very confident"or "confident"in antimicrobial prescribing to patients in the future. On multivariate analysis, female gender, clinical vignette antimicrobial knowledge scores, positive attitude scores, awareness of Infection Control Policy, and > 3 years of antimicrobial prescribing clinical training were predictors of confidence in antimicrobial prescribing. A higher attitude score was independently associated with decreased confidence in antimicrobial prescribing intent. There is a need to improve education regarding AMR in the curriculum, and increase awareness of infection control policies and antimicrobial stewardship program in clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2561-2567
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 12-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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