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Table 2 Perceptions and knowledge of physicians on antibiotic resistance

From: Physicians’ knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions concerning antibiotic resistance: a survey in a Ghanaian tertiary care hospital

Physicians’ perceptions and knowledge Number of respondents (%)
Perceptions Very important Important Not important Don’t know
 Grade the level of antibiotic resistance worldwide 47(30.1) 67(42.9) 6(3.8) 36 (23.1)
 Grade the level of antibiotic resistance in Ghana 29 (18.4) 76 (48.4) 5 (3.2) 47 (29.9)
 Grade the level of antibiotic resistance in your hospital 14 (8.9) 81 (51.5) 16 (10.1) 46 (29.3)
 Grade the level of antibiotic resistance in your department 9 (5.8) 56 (36.1) 42 (27.1) 48 (30.9)
 Rate the impact of antibiotic resistance on patient safety in your department 103 (66.0) 51 (32.7) 2 (1.3) 0
   Yes No  
 Do you think antibiotics are used appropriately in your department?   110 (72.3) 42 (27.6)  
Knowledge ESBL MRSA CRE VRE
 Do you know about the following resistant bacteria? 86 (62.7) 150 (98.6) 157 (37.6) 74 (48.6)
 Have you ever managed patients with infections by the following resistant bacteria? 27 (17.3) 49 (31.8) 7 (4.4) 6 (3.9)
 Are patients in the hospital at risk of the following resistant bacteria? 78 (51.3) 133 (86.3) 48 (30.5) 67 (43.2)
 Does the hospital have a problem with the following resistant bacteria? 38 (24.8) 73 (47.1) 18 (11.5) 15 (9.4)
 What is the extent of the hospital’s problem with the following resistant bacteria?
  Very serious 6 (15.7) 25 (34.2) 3 (16.6) 4 (26.6)
  Serious 25 (65.7) 37 (50.6) 13 (72.2) 10 (66.6)
  Not serious 7 (18.4) 11 (15.1) 2 (11.1) 1 (6.6)
Indicate  the correct order of prevalence for the following resistant bacteria in Ghana E > M > V > Ca M > E > C > V E > M > C > V Don’t know
 All respondents 17 (10.8) 52 (33.3) 10 (6.4) 77 (49.4)
 Senior physicians 9 (21.4) 8 (19.1) 5 (11.9) 20 (47.6)
 Junior physicians 8 (7.0) 44 (38.5) 5 (4.3) 57 (50.0)
  > 5 years of experience 11 (14.6) 21 (28.0) 5 (6.6) 38 (50.6)
  < 5 years of experience 6 (7.5) 31 (38.8) 5 (6.25) 38 (47.5)
  1. ªE Extended-spectrum Beta-lactamases, M Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, C carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriacaea, V Vancomycin resistant Enterococci