1Assistant Professor, Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan, USA
2Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, BJS dental college and hospital research institute, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
3Professor and Head, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Desh Bhagat Dental College, Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab, India
4Associate Professor, Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Aim of the Study: The aim of the study was to know the perception and prescribing practices of antibiotics use by dental interns.
Materials and Methods: The study was carried out at Genesis Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Ferozepur. A pre validated questionnaire was used to capture the perception of knowledge and skills for rational antimicrobial use administered by interns. Clinical case scenarios were developed to assess the knowledge and skill for prescribing antibiotics in dentistry. The study also focused on their confidence, knowledge of clinical pharmacology and skills based on their ability to recall and integrate knowledge gained in previous years to choose an antibiotic based on rational drug use. The data collected was statistically analyzed. The observations from the study suggest that interns perceived knowledge of antibiotics as very important in their course, but they were unable to apply the knowledge in solving clinical problems. There is a huge gap between the perception and practice of antibiotic use. Regular reinforcement of drug information and discussion of latest guidelines on rational antimicrobial usage is must during internship. Moreover, prescription writing should be made a part of regular dental internship training program.
Keywords: Perception; Practices; Antibiotic; Drug Use; Prescriptions; Dental Interns
Aman Gupta., et al. “Perception and Practices of Antibiotic Prescriptions by Dental Interns - A Clinical Study”.”. EC Dental Science 22.3 (2023): 77-90.
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