Omani senior secondary school students' knowledge of and attitudes to antibiotic resistance

Ambusaidi, Abdullah, Taylor, Neil, Quinn, Frances, Rizk, Nadya, and Taylor, Subhashni (2022) Omani senior secondary school students' knowledge of and attitudes to antibiotic resistance. PLoS ONE, 17 (2). e0264500.

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Abstract

Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide problem that is increasing largely due to the misuse of antibiotics in human health and agriculture. This situation is further exacerbated by a dearth of new antibiotic development, the focus of pharmaceutical companies having shifted to more lucrative treatments for chronic conditions such as elevated blood pressure. To conserve the efficacy of the current crop of antibiotics, it is vital that they are used appropriately by individuals. Effective education may be a means to achieve such appropriate use. This paper reports on a large-scale, mixed methods study, which employed a survey and oral questionnaires, undertaken with senior secondary Omani students. The study explored students' understanding of antibiotic resistance as well as their attitudes to the issue of antibiotic resistance. The study findings indicated that, although some students had a reasonably clear understanding of antibiotic resistance, many had serious misconceptions that could result in misuse of antibiotics. The article concludes with suggestions for amending secondary school pedagogy in Oman to address the misconceptions.

Item ID: 72664
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-6203
Copyright Information: © 2022 Ambusaidi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2022 02:10
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390306 Secondary education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160105 Secondary education @ 50%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy @ 50%
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