Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior regarding Antibiotics Misuse and Use among Medical Students of Public Sector Medical College of Faisalabad

  • Mehr Muhammad Adeel Riaz Final Year MBBS Student, Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad Pakistan
  • Rameen Shahid 4th Year MBBS Student, Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad Pakistan
  • Areeba Naeem 4th Year MBBS Student, Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad Pakistan
  • Sumera Badar Ehsan Director, Health Professions Education and Research Department, Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad Pakistan
  • Sajjad Ali Associate Professor of Medicine, Continental Medical College, Lahore Pakistan
  • Mariam Saleem Medical Officer, National Hospital, Faisalabad Pakistan
Keywords: Antibiotics resistance, Non-prescribed antibiotics, Per annum usage


Background: Antibiotic resistance is a critical issue that needs to be addressed, especially in a developing country like Pakistan. Overuse of antibiotics has rendered life-saving drugs ineffectual, creating a major dilemma for local hospitals. Objective: To assess and evaluate the knowledge, attitude and behavior regarding antibiotics misuse among medical students. Study Design: An Observational descriptive study. Settings: The medical students of public sector medical college of Faisalabad Pakistan. Duration: After getting approval of the ethical committee, the duration of study was 5 weeks. Methodology: 200 students were interviewed according to the pattern of the questionnaire. Results: 82% of students were most likely to use antibiotics during common viral infections. However, 88.5% knew about the consequences of antibiotics misuse i.e. antibiotic resistance, but still 53.50% sought non-prescribed antibiotics from medical stores and 60.5% of them didn’t complete the antibiotics course recommended by their doctors.40.50% of students admitted to self-medicate themselves on antibiotics twice a year. Conclusion: Efforts are necessary to persuade the health education programs to inform the general public and health care workers about the long-term hazards of antibiotic resistance.