Future Dental Journal


Introduction: Antimicrobial resistance is one of the ten threats identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2019, since it affects modern healthcare and the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections. Recent estimates of the burden of antimicrobial resistance are very significant, with more than half a million cases of infection with selected antibiotic-resistant bacteria or new emerging resistant pathogens occurring in Europe; of note, data regarding antimicrobial resistance in low-income countries are largely unknown, increasing the overall risk of mortality, in particular in surgical procedures

Aim: The aim of the study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice of dental interns at Future University toward antibiotic drug use.

Subjects and Methods: The study included 71 dental students (interns) from the Faculty of Oral and Dental Medicine, Future University. Previous validated questionnaire was distributed amongst the participants so as to assess their knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding antibiotic use and its resistance. Data was analysed using chi square test and SPSS 20®.

Results: Out of a total 71 dental interns, 47.9 % were males and 52.1% were females. On average, interns scored higher in practice score followed by attitude and knowledge scores. The average practice score was 80.3% compared to 54.9% for attitude and 49.3% for knowledge. The results suggest that overall, female interns scored better than male interns on KAP of antibiotic use.

Conclusion: It was concluded that participants were well aware of the issue of bacterial resistance. Their practices demonstrated varying degrees of deviation from the AAPD's antibiotic prescription recommendations, especially in the form of over-prescriptions in instances when antibiotics were unnecessary.