Parents' attitudes and views regarding antibiotics in the management of respiratory tract infections in children: a qualitative study of the influence of an information booklet

ARJ Dekker, E de Groot, T Sebalj, L Yardley, J Cals, Theo Verheij, AW van der Velden

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Abstract

Background: Respiratory tract infection (RTI) is the most common reason to consult a GP during childhood, and often results in unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics. Using an information booklet during the consultation has been shown to be a promising tool to reduce antibiotic prescribing. The influence of such information on parents' views, knowledge, and expectations has not been investigated yet. Aim: To explore the reported attitude and knowledge of parents towards antibiotics and management of childhood RTI, as well as the added influence of an information booklet, as perceived by parents. Design & setting: Qualitative interviews were conducted with Dutch parents who consulted the GP with their child for RTI symptoms and received an information booklet. Method: Semi-structured interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, coded, and analysed using framework analysis by open-axial coding and describing themes. Results: Eighteen parents were interviewed. Four themes were identified: prior reticence towards antibiotics; expectations of the consultation and trust in the GPs' treatment decision; confirmation and reassurance by the booklet; self-management and future consultation intentions. Dutch parents felt reassured and more confident about their pre-existing reticent attitude towards antibiotic treatment; therefore, they thought their opinion and attitude had not really been changed by the booklet.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberbjgpopen18X101553
Pages (from-to)bjgpopen18X101553
JournalBJGP Open
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

Keywords

  • General practice
  • anti-bacterial agents
  • child
  • respiratory tract infections

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