Ambika Nand Jha, Varsha R. Gaikwad, Maryam Kharbe Kharbe, Sachin Nahar, Raksha Singh, Sadan Yadav, Gayatri Chavan


Background: The commencement and expand of antibiotics/ antimicrobial resistance is a wide range of growing problem world-wide. Antimicrobial resistance is a topic of global distressed these days. Irrational and extravagant use of antimicrobial by the general public is one of the key factors responsible for this. As the pharmacy students are the subsequent prescriber so their knowledge and attitude in relation to public usage of Antimicrobial will make them essential warrior against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The present study was designed to determine the knowledge, attitude and practice of pharmacy students regarding the antimicrobial use (AMU) and AMR

Methods: A cross-sectional analysis, questionnaire-based survey was accomplished among the students of pharmacy field in Thane District. A total 350 student was enrolled in the study. They were mandatory to filled up the google form comprised of questions regarding knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) of AMU and AMR. Responses were assisted by using 3-point Likert scale. The results were executed in the percentage form.

Result: Three hundred and fifty pharmacies students were indulged in this study. Maximum number of the students (91%) were known antimicrobial resistance is an important worldwide health issue. Majority of students (70%) had heard about antimicrobial resistance. (74%) participants admit that self-medication is one of the main causes of antimicrobial resistance. However, good attitude of students was seen that if the prescribed antibiotic is ceased it will contribute in prevention of antimicrobial resistance. Student’s practices towards antimicrobial usage were not satisfactory as (49%) student handover remaining medicine to their family members/ friend. A good practice was shown by some students (47%) always consult a doctor before consuming any antimicrobial. Good percentage of students (90%) had great practices to check the expiry date of medicine. In this study (24%) students always prefer to take antimicrobial when they have cold or cough.

Conclusion: Overall part of our study revealed that illusion endure regarding the use of antibiotics. Across knowledge of the students participated in our study was virtuous and better but participants attitude towards use of antimicrobial was terrible. Besides, participant was cognizant of the possibility risks linked with the use of antibiotics. All the information we get through our study it seems necessary to improve the attitude and practices of students regarding Antimicrobial use. Hence, Pharmacist are the upcoming future health professional by taking significant note on educational arbitration and master plan to stop this poor outlook of students. A proper master plan would help in a straightforward mindset of this future health professional which ultimately gain rational use of antibiotics in future. These strategies would become a main shield to resist antimicrobial resistance.


Questionnaire survey, KAP, Antimicrobial usage, AMR, Pharmacy students.


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