GMIT/HSE team present findings of first survey of students’ knowledge of antibiotic use

“Awareness of antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance in a west of Ireland third-level student population”

The survey “Awareness of antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance in a west of Ireland third-level student population” was carried out this year (2019) by Dr Debbie Corcoran, Dr Sheila Faherty and Sandy Bakankio BSc, Department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science, GMIT, in collaboration with members of the HSE’s national Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control team (AMRIC) – surveillance scientist Maria Molloy and Communications Manager Audrey Lambourn (HCAI).

The study shows there is misuse of antibiotics, with 35% of the study population using leftover antibiotics, 1.2% of participants’ obtaining antibiotics online and 1.2% obtaining antibiotics abroad. The study also highlighted a lack of knowledge in this demographic in relation to the treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

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