In-home antibiotic storage among Australian Chinese migrants

Hu, Jie and Wang, Zhiqiang (2014) In-home antibiotic storage among Australian Chinese migrants. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 26 103-106. doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2014.04.017

Author Hu, Jie
Wang, Zhiqiang
Title In-home antibiotic storage among Australian Chinese migrants
Journal name International Journal of Infectious Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1201-9712
Publication date 2014-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijid.2014.04.017
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 26
Start page 103
End page 106
Total pages 4
Editor Eskild Petersen
Place of publication Camden, London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
• Almost half of Chinese migrants in Australia have in-home antibiotic storage.
• Previous antibiotic usage increases the risk of in-home antibiotic storage.
• Bringing antibiotics from overseas is a risk factor of in-home antibiotic storage.
• Pro-attitude for leftover antibiotics may encourage the in-home antibiotic storage.

Objectives To estimate the prevalence of in-home antibiotic storage among Australian Chinese migrants and to identify the risk factors associated with storing antibiotics at home.

Methods Four hundred and sixty-nine Chinese migrants in Australia who were recruited through Chinese social websites completed an online questionnaire about antibiotic use. Logistic regression analysis was conducted to assess the associations between possible risk factors and storing antibiotics at home.

Results According to the web-based survey, 220 (47%) out of 469 participants reported having antibiotics stored at home. Previous use of antibiotics, bringing antibiotics in from outside Australia, and a pro-attitude to the use of leftover antibiotics were significantly associated with storing antibiotics at home after adjusting for age, gender, and household annual income. Participants who self-reported an awareness of antibiotic side effects or resistance had a slightly higher but not significant risk of storing antibiotics at home.

Conclusions Approximately half of the participants in this study had antibiotics stored at home. The risk of using the antibiotics stored at home without medical consultation is of concern. Education programs need to target those with high-risk behaviours to curtail the inappropriate practice of antibiotic use and storage among Australian Chinese migrants.
Keyword Antibiotics
Antibiotic use
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Sat, 02 Aug 2014, 03:22:18 EST by Zhiqiang Wang on behalf of Medicine - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital