Did you know that many people believe it is patients who build up a resistance to antibiotics prescribed, rather than the bacteria they treat. A new study from The Wellcome Trust has involved interviewing members of the public, and talking with GPs, to explore their relationship with antibiotics. The results are fascinating and highlighted a need to rethink the way we communicate the issue to the public.
The research highlighted that many people feel validated when they are prescribed antibiotics, commenting, “It confirms I’m ill” and “I don’t feel like I’ve wasted the doctor’s time”. Others think of antibiotics as “a magic pill” to help them get better, without understanding that they are only effective against bacterial infections
The researchers concluded that it is only by understanding people’s attitudes to antibiotics, and what has led them to these beliefs, are we in a position to address misunderstandings and tackle the issues they lead to.
The report can be found at: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/stellent/groups/corporatesite/@policy_communications/documents/web_document/wtp059551.pdf