Knowledge, attitude and practice of antibiotics and their determinants in Eritrea: An urban population-based survey

Mulugeta Russom, Merhawi Bahta*, Merhawi Debesai, Iyassu Bahta, Abrahalei Kessete, Aziza Afendi, Yodit Fitsum, Josephine Nambozi, Solyana N. Kidane, Eyasu H. Tesfamariam

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Objective To measure knowledge, attitude and practice of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance (ABR) and their determinants in the Eritrean urban population. Design A population-based, nation-wide, cross-sectional study. Setting Urban settings of Eritrea. Participants Members of the general public aged ≥18 years and living in 13 urban places of Eritrea. Three-stage stratified cluster sampling was used to select the study participants. Data collection and analysis Date were collected from July 2019 to September 2019 in a face-to-face interview using a structured questionnaire. The collected data were double entered and analysed using Census and Survey Processing system (V.7.0) and SPSS (V.23), respectively. Descriptive statistics, χ 2 test, t-tests, analysis of variance, factorial analysis and multivariable logistic regression were performed. All analyses were weighted and p<0.05 was considered significant. Primary and secondary outcome measures Main outcome variables were knowledge, attitude and practice of antibiotics and ABR. Secondary outcome measure was the determinants of knowledge, attitude and practice. Results A total of 2477 adults were interviewed. The mean score of knowledge and attitude of antibiotics and ABR was 10.36/20 (SD=3.51, minimum=0 and maximum=20) and 22.34/30 (SD=3.59, minimum=6 and maximum=30), respectively. Of those who used antibiotics, the proportion of at least one inappropriate practice (use of antibiotics without prescription and/or discontinuation of prescribed antibiotics before completing the full course) was 23.8%. Young age <24 years (adjusted odds ratio (AOR)=1.61, 95% CI: 1.08 to 2.41), male sex (AOR=1.48, 95% CI: 1.14 to 1.91), higher level of education (AOR=1.76, 95% CI: 1.08 to 2.88), and negative attitude towards appropriate use of antibiotics (AOR=0.95, 95% CI: 0.92 to 0.97) were found to be the significant determinants of inappropriate practice of antibiotics. Conclusion The gap in knowledge and inappropriate practice of antibiotics in the Eritrean urban population was widespread; requiring immediate attention from policy-makers and healthcare professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere046432
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2021

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Funding This work was funded by the WHO Country Office in Asmara, Eritrea (budget line: 1813144; 66415; 6.1).

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