Open Access Research Article Article ID: AOR-3-163

    A Questionnaire Survey: Knowledge in Upper Airway Infections among General Practitioners in Malaysia

    Boon Han Kevin Ng*, Ing Ping Tang, Elizabeth Yenn Lynn Lim, Abu Bakar Zulkifl ee and Prepageran Narayanan

    Background: Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) cases are one of the most frequently seen

    cases in the primary care setting. The causative agents are either bacteria or virus. It is not easy to

    differentiate among them. In term of treatment for both conditions, certain principles of treatment are

    advised to be followed.

    Objective: To assess the knowledge, attitude and experience of General Practitioners (GPs) on upper

    respiratory tract infections (URTI) as well as on antibiotics usage.

    Methods and Materials: In a six months nationwide prospective study, 152 Malaysian GPs participated

    by answering a questionnaire relating to views on common clinical presentations of upper airway

    infections, management of disease and the usage of antibiotics. The results from the questionnaire were

    tabulated and analyzed with SPSS version 22.

    Results: 67.8% of the participants were from the private sector while the rest were from the

    government sector. One participant has a postgraduate in family medicine while the remaining have a

    basic undergraduate degree. In upper airway infections clinical presentation, 61% were able to answer

    the questionnaire correctly. Around 50 % will wait and assess the symptoms for about 3 – 5 days before

    starting antibiotics with the penicillin group as the fi rst choice of antibiotics. We also note that 75% of

    participants adhere to the guidelines for antibiotics prescription.

    Conclusions: The knowledge and management of upper airway infections are adequate among the

    GPs in Malaysia. It can however be improved for the benefi t of patients.


    Published on: Dec 26, 2017 Pages: 126-128

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/2455-1759.000063
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