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Nursing Students’ Knowledge and Awareness of Antibiotic Use, Resistance and Stewardship: A Descriptive Cross-Sectional Study

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Galician Public Health Care Service, Milladoiro, Ames, 15895 A Coruña, Spain
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Galician Public Health Care Service, Health Care Centre of Ordes, Ordes, 15680 A Coruña, Spain
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Badalona Serveis Assistencials, Family and Community Nursing, Health Care Centre of Morera-Pomar, 08915 Badalona, Spain
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School of Medicine, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 A Coruña, Spain
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Department of Psiquiatry, Radiology, Public Health, Nursing and Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 A Coruña, Spain
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Received: 10 October 2019 / Revised: 27 October 2019 / Accepted: 28 October 2019 / Published: 30 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Antibiotic Resistance: From the Bench to Patients)
Antibiotic resistance is an emerging worldwide concern with serious repercussions in terms of morbi-mortality. Bearing in mind that the inadequate use of antibiotics, by healthcare staff as well as by the general population, is one of its main causes, a multidisciplinary approach is required to try to combat it. The aim of the present study was to determine nursing students’ knowledge and awareness of antibiotic use, resistance and stewardship. A cross-sectional design was used. A total of 578 nursing students from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), ≥18 years old of both sexes were invited to complete the Spanish version of the questionnaire “Knowledge and awareness of the use, resistance and administration of antibiotics” between February and April 2019. Students had a low level of knowledge about antibiotics, 4.1 (CI95% = 3.4–4.8), especially in relation to antibiotic resistance. As the students were aware of this deficiency, the majority affirmed (>90%) that the current curriculum of nursing degree should have more training on antibiotics and infection control. Nursing staff play an important role in the rational use of antibiotics and as teachers of patients, so their training could be key in fighting antibiotic resistance. View Full-Text
Keywords: Anti-bacterial agents; awareness; drug resistance; knowledge; nursing; students Anti-bacterial agents; awareness; drug resistance; knowledge; nursing; students
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Rábano-Blanco, A.; Domínguez-Martís, E.M.; Mosteiro-Miguéns, D.G.; Freire-Garabal, M.; Novío, S. Nursing Students’ Knowledge and Awareness of Antibiotic Use, Resistance and Stewardship: A Descriptive Cross-Sectional Study. Antibiotics 2019, 8, 203. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/antibiotics8040203

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Rábano-Blanco A, Domínguez-Martís EM, Mosteiro-Miguéns DG, Freire-Garabal M, Novío S. Nursing Students’ Knowledge and Awareness of Antibiotic Use, Resistance and Stewardship: A Descriptive Cross-Sectional Study. Antibiotics. 2019; 8(4):203. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/antibiotics8040203

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Rábano-Blanco, Andrea; Domínguez-Martís, Eva M.; Mosteiro-Miguéns, Diego G.; Freire-Garabal, Manuel; Novío, Silvia. 2019. "Nursing Students’ Knowledge and Awareness of Antibiotic Use, Resistance and Stewardship: A Descriptive Cross-Sectional Study" Antibiotics 8, no. 4: 203. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/antibiotics8040203

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