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Table 2 Attitudes and knowledge of doctors towards antibiotic use and patients with the common cold

From: Overuse of antibiotics for the common cold – attitudes and behaviors among doctors in rural areas of Shandong Province, China

  YG NY JN Total
CH THC VC CH THC VC CH THC VC CH THC VC
No. of doctors 20 22 9 20 40 11 20 36 10 60 98 30
Self-reported behaviour of doctors for patients with symptoms of the common cold:             
Would recommend to drink water and rest (%) 75 73 100 100 74 73 85 89 40 87 79 70
Would give an analgesic, antipyretic or antiviral (%) 55 68 67 30 74 73 80 75 80 55 73 73
Would use antibiotics (%) 0 0 0 5 3 9 0 0 0 2 1 3
Would still refuse to give antibiotics if a patient insisted on receiving antibiotics (%) 80 95 100 100 78 82 50 94 80 77 88 87
General attitudes and knowledege of doctors towards antibiotics:             
Believe that newer antibiotics are more effective (%) 0 0 0 5 0 10 0 6 0 2 2 3
Believe that broader specturm antibiotics are more effective (%) 16 18 22 0 15 40 0 11 0 6 15 21
Are aware that antibiotic treatment guidelines exist at a county or hospital level (%) 100 100 100 100 95 100 100 100 100 100 98 100
Are aware that different levels of doctor have different prescribing rights for antibiotics (%) 100 100 67 100 79 55 95 86 67 98 86 62
Have clinical experience of resistant bacteria (%) 90 59 89 85 44 40 74 92 80 83 66 69
Have participated in training on the use of antibiotics since starting work as a doctor (%) 20 5 0 0 23 18 50 6 20 23 12 13
  1. Abbreviations: CH County Hospital, THC Township Health Centre, VC Village Clinic.