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Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública

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RIBEIRO, Maria  e  PINTO, Isabel. Antibiotics comsumption behaviour of the Vizela's region population. Rev. Port. Sau. Pub. [online]. 2009, vol.27, n.2, pp.57-70. ISSN 0870-9025.

To determine the level of antibiotics knowledge use and to identify the influence of characteristics, namely, personal, social, geographical, economics and contextual in the consumption frequency of these drugs are the objectives of this study. A cross-sectional survey was carried out in a probabilistic sample including 282 individuals of the Vizela’s region population during January and February 2008. A characterization of the sample through data descriptive analysis was carried out. Later, through a two variables analysis, the nature, personal, social, economic and contextual factors that presented statistic associations with the variables “antibiotics knowledge use” and “antibiotics consumption frequency” were identified. 282 individuals participated in this study, being 50,7% male and 49,3% female. Respondents are 15 years old or more. Most of those inquired are working (76,6%), have until the 3rd school degree (61,6%), and live in the city (73%). Tonsillitis’s treatment is the main reason for antibiotics consumption (37%). In agreement with the results there is no statistic association among the personal, social, geographical, economical and contextual characteristics, and the knowledge of antibiotics’ use. However, the procedure that the inquired adopts when he senses secondary effects reflects itself in the knowledge that he has about antibiotic administration. The masculine gender, the inactive and the respondents with less education are those that take antibiotics more frequently. A disease, flu or constipation has also an influence on the number of times that the inquired take antibiotics along the year.

Palavras-chave : drugs consumption; antibiotics; bacterial resistances.

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