Assess the knowledge on use of antibiotics among mothers of underfive children at SMCH
P Meena, D Thirumal
Objectives: The present study aims to assess the level of knowledge of mothers about the use of antibiotics and to find the association between the knowledge of mothers regarding the use of antibiotics with the socio demographic variables. Methods: A quantitative approach with descriptive cross sectional research design was conducted among 50 mothers of under five children. Convenience sampling technique was used. Semi – structured interview method was used to collect the demographic variables and the level of knowledge among the mothers of under five children was assessed by using the self – structured questionnaire. Results: Out of 50 samples 56% have inadequate knowledge, 32% have moderate knowledge and 12% have adequate knowledge on antibiotics among mothers of under-five children. There was statistically non-significant association found between the source of information and the level of knowledge on antibiotics among mothers of under-five children P > 0.005. The association between demographic variables with the level of knowledge on antibiotics among mothers shows that there was an association between the demographic variable and knowledge of mother’s in paediatric OPD. Conclusion: The study finding suggests that educating the mothers about the use of antibiotics will promotes their knowledge. Health education regarding the antibiotics use also an effective method for promoting the knowledge of the mothers.