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CONSUMPTION OF ANTIBACTERIAL WITHIN THE SOUTHERN NIGERIAN POPULATION: SOURCES, PATTERN AND APPROPRIATENESS IN RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTION

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Author(s): Awofisayo Sunday Olajide | Nse Okon Eyen | Uwah Aniefiok Jimmy

Journal: International Journal of Biomedical and Advance Research
ISSN 2229-3809

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 88;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Consumption | antibacterial | appropriateness | respiratory tract infections

ABSTRACT
The study was designed to assess the sources and pattern of procurement, knowledge and attitude of consumers of antibacterial agents and the appropriateness of use in respect of respiratory tract infections. Buyers at the point of purchase were interviewed with a structured questionnaire. 65 respondents were randomly selected among buyers who had duly signed prescriptions but without prior laboratory tests. Sputum samples were collected for microbiology, culture and sensitivity to match up for appropriateness with requested antibacterial. 40 % of the study population believed that laboratory test was not required before the use of antibacterial. 27% of the respondents have tertiary education and only 4% have a monthly income in excess of N100, 000 (
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