Antibiotics use among foreign travelers in Thailand
The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance is a growing problem worldwide. The increase of bacterial resistance to antibiotics will endanger therapeutic efficacy and may lead to treatment failure. The improper and excessive use of antibiotics are the key factors of drug resistance, particularly among international travelers with self-treatment. International travelers can carry and spread the antibiotics resistance in many countries. The inappropriate use of antimicrobial drug may arise from many factors such as, patient knowledge, education, beliefs and attitude toward antibiotic use, source of antimicrobial drug and self-medication. In addition, other factors, including perception of patients, the patient expectation and experience of using antibiotic. Hence, control and aware of antimicrobial resistance needs multifaceted interventions involving knowledge, public engagement and healthcare provider.
This study aims to determine the prevalence of antibiotic drugs use among international travelers at Thai Travel clinic in Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Bangkok, Thailand. As well as, measure and knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) about antibiotics usage, characteristics of travelers who visit Thailand and factors associated with their habit. The data from this study may be able to provide more information for further study in antimicrobial resistance and guideline for prescribe antibiotic in travelers.
People who may participate in this research are as follows
- International travelers hold only 1 nationality
- Age ≥ 18 years old
- Able to read and understand English questionnaire
- Willing to participate in the study
- Live in Thailand < 10 years
Note: Participate in this study is completely voluntary. Participate/Not participant in this research has no effect to any service/medical care you may receive in our clinic/hospital.
Detail and method of the study
Participant will be asked to fill an online questionnaire by scanning QR code or entering via this link ( https://forms.gle/EbyEpYGzTTESfnvw8 ). The questionnaire will be asked about yourself, detail of traveling, pre-travel preparation, previous antibiotics use, knowledge, attitude, practice of antimicrobial drugs. The questionnaire process will be taken no more than 15 minutes.
This research is a part of the Residency Training in Travel Medicine and the Master Degree of Clinical Tropical Medicine (MCTM) course. The principle investigator of this research is Dr. Sarocha Nganwiwattavorn.