Antibiotic therapy is a crucial and often life-saving strategy. This study assessed the ability to prescribe antibiotic therapy among a series of Italian postgraduate students in geriatrics and internal medicine. Participants were administered an anonymous questionnaire consisting of self-assessment of their ability to prescribe antibiotics and then manage a case of community-acquired pneumonia. The Wilcoxon test for comparisons between two independent samples was used for statistical analysis. Almost half the 70 students considered their knowledge of antibiotic therapy insufficient and were not satisfied with the notions received during their studies. Indeed, the change in antibiotic therapy required to control acute exacerbation of pneumonia was correctly identified by only 36% of students. Moreover, 38% of them gave the correct answer on factors influencing the duration of antibiotic therapy in the presence of definite improvement of pneumonia. No significant difference was found between the responses of residents in geriatrics and internal medicine. Overall, our study shows that nearly half of our students think they have inadequate antibiotic prescribing skills. This is confirmed by a low ability to establish the best management of the clinical case. To repair this severe shortcoming, different training methods need to be compared and more effective forms of instruction adopted.

Survey on the ability to prescribe antibiotic therapy among Italian residents ingeriatrics and internal medicine.

MANGANARO, DAVIDE;DEL GIUDICE, ELENA;FERRETTI, ELISABETTA;DI MARIA, ANNA;LUZZATI, ROBERTO;TOIGO, GABRIELE
2011

Abstract

Antibiotic therapy is a crucial and often life-saving strategy. This study assessed the ability to prescribe antibiotic therapy among a series of Italian postgraduate students in geriatrics and internal medicine. Participants were administered an anonymous questionnaire consisting of self-assessment of their ability to prescribe antibiotics and then manage a case of community-acquired pneumonia. The Wilcoxon test for comparisons between two independent samples was used for statistical analysis. Almost half the 70 students considered their knowledge of antibiotic therapy insufficient and were not satisfied with the notions received during their studies. Indeed, the change in antibiotic therapy required to control acute exacerbation of pneumonia was correctly identified by only 36% of students. Moreover, 38% of them gave the correct answer on factors influencing the duration of antibiotic therapy in the presence of definite improvement of pneumonia. No significant difference was found between the responses of residents in geriatrics and internal medicine. Overall, our study shows that nearly half of our students think they have inadequate antibiotic prescribing skills. This is confirmed by a low ability to establish the best management of the clinical case. To repair this severe shortcoming, different training methods need to be compared and more effective forms of instruction adopted.
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