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Many US parents have poor understanding of proper antibiotic use, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4009 (Published 22 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4009
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Despite recent efforts to educate the public about the proper use of antibiotics many parents of young children continue to have a poor understanding of when they are indicated and when they are not, a new US study has shown—particularly parents whose children are covered by Medicaid, the US health insurance plan for people with low incomes.

In the study Louise Elaine Vaz, lead author, from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, and colleagues surveyed 707 parents with a child under the …

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