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Table 4 Belief in antibiotic prescription practices among healthcare providers (20 males and 34 females)

From: Antibiotic prescription for under-fives with common cold or upper respiratory tract infection in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR

Belief Male Female Total
N (%) N (%) N (%)
What is the most important to contribute effective AB prescription
 Following the guidelines 20 (100.0) 33 (97.1) 53 (98.1)
 Full examination before prescription 20 (100.0) 32 (94.1) 52 (96.3)
 Ethical prescription 19 (95.0) 33 (97.1) 52 (96.3)
Do you agree that AB prescription regulation can change prescribers’ behaviour to better prescription practices
 Strongly agree 12 (60.0) 21 (61.8) 33 (61.1)
 Agree 5 (25.0) 8 (23.5) 13 (24.1)
 Not sure 3 (15.0) 5 (14.7) 8 (14.8)
The priority message to prescribers on AB prescription
 Careful examination 12 (60.0) 23 (67.6) 35 (64.8)
 Avoidance of AB prescription if possible 3 (15.0) 5 (14.7) 8 (14.8)
 Full laboratory examine 2 (10.0) 3 (8.8) 5 (9.3)
 Practices based on guidelines 3 (15.0) 1 (2.9) 4 (7.4)
 Prescription of first-line AB if necessary 0 (0.0) 2 (5.9) 2 (3.7)
The priority message for health policy makers to act on AB prescription practice improvement
 Development of AB prescription regulation 12 (60.0) 16 (47.1) 28 (51.9)
 Advocacy to related health staff 3 (15.0) 7 (20.6) 10 (18.5)
 Strong promotion of RUD 3 (15.0) 6 (17.6) 9 (16.7)
 Awards for good prescribers 1 (5.0) 3 (8.8) 4 (7.4)
  1. AB antibiotics, RUD rational use of drugs