Parental perspectives about antibiotic use in children: A qualitative study in rural Australia

Project: HDR ProjectMasters by Research

Project Details


Antibiotics are critical medicines in the treatment and prevention of bacterial infection. However, overuse and misuse of these medicines contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance. The emergence and spread of resistant bacteria has significant health and economic implications, with resistant infections currently accounting for 700,000 deaths each year worldwide. This rate is projected to increase substantially by 2050, as antibiotic medicines continue to lose therapeutic effectiveness. One part of the response to this issue has involved research examining consumer behaviours with antibiotics. This project focuses on the parent/child sub-group and seeks to understand what factors influence parental decisions and practices when giving their children antibiotics. In particular, the research explores views about antibiotic use amongst parents with young children living in rural or remote locations, whose access to healthcare may be limited. This study applies qualitative research methods, using focus group interviews to explore the research topic and identify broader themes. A Health Behaviour Model will guide data collection and analysis to assist with enhancing understanding of behaviour. The objective of the research is to uncover important insights into parent-related attitudes, beliefs and behaviours regarding child antibiotic use. Findings may be translated into practice to guide follow-up studies, or inform health-education initiatives in rural or remote contexts.
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