Attitudes towards antimicrobial drugs among general population in Croatia, Fyrom, Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia

Nives Radošević, Vera Vlahović-Palčevski, R. Benkó, Jure Peklar, Inka Miškulin, Maria Matuz, Paraskevi Papaioannidou, Ana Sabo, Snežana Palčevska-Koceska

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Purpose: A pilot study to assess patients' attitudes towards antimicrobials (ABs) in six European countries (Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Greece, Hungary, Slovenia and Serbia), as a step preceding educational intervention on the importance of patients' compliance with instructions on taking ABs and consequences of their inappropriate use. Methods: Patients' knowledge, emotions and behaviour regarding ABs were assessed using a structured questionnaire, constructed by a psychologist and intended for general population in six European countries. Questionnaires were filled out by individuals who visited pharmacies and general practitioners. Results: A total of 838 questionnaires were filled in. Respondents from Slovenia showed the best knowledge about ABs, followed by Croatians. The highest willingness for self-medication reported respondents from FYROM. The most positive emotions about ABs were expressed by respondents in Greece and Hungary, and the most negative in Slovenia. All components of attitudes towards antibiotics were influenced by country and level of education. Conclusions: Behaviour regarding ABs complied with emotions and knowledge in all countries. The results of this study may lay a basis for conducting national public campaigns, as a step forward in education of patients on rational AB use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-696
Number of pages6
JournalPharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Slovenia
Serbia
Croatia
Hungary
Greece
Macedonia (Republic)
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Population
Emotions
Self Medication
Pharmacies
Patient Education
Patient Compliance
General Practitioners
Surveys and Questionnaires
Psychology
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Education

Keywords

  • Antibiotic use
  • Attitudes
  • Patient education
  • Public knowledge
  • Self-medication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Epidemiology

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Radošević, N., Vlahović-Palčevski, V., Benkó, R., Peklar, J., Miškulin, I., Matuz, M., ... Palčevska-Koceska, S. (2009). Attitudes towards antimicrobial drugs among general population in Croatia, Fyrom, Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 18(8), 691-696. https://doi.org/10.1002/pds.1768

Attitudes towards antimicrobial drugs among general population in Croatia, Fyrom, Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia. / Radošević, Nives; Vlahović-Palčevski, Vera; Benkó, R.; Peklar, Jure; Miškulin, Inka; Matuz, Maria; Papaioannidou, Paraskevi; Sabo, Ana; Palčevska-Koceska, Snežana.

In: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, Vol. 18, No. 8, 2009, p. 691-696.

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Radošević, N, Vlahović-Palčevski, V, Benkó, R, Peklar, J, Miškulin, I, Matuz, M, Papaioannidou, P, Sabo, A & Palčevska-Koceska, S 2009, 'Attitudes towards antimicrobial drugs among general population in Croatia, Fyrom, Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia', Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, vol. 18, no. 8, pp. 691-696. https://doi.org/10.1002/pds.1768
Radošević, Nives ; Vlahović-Palčevski, Vera ; Benkó, R. ; Peklar, Jure ; Miškulin, Inka ; Matuz, Maria ; Papaioannidou, Paraskevi ; Sabo, Ana ; Palčevska-Koceska, Snežana. / Attitudes towards antimicrobial drugs among general population in Croatia, Fyrom, Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia. In: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. 2009 ; Vol. 18, No. 8. pp. 691-696.
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