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Table 7 The possible causes of antibiotic misuse from the dentist's perspective

From: The prescription pattern and awareness about antibiotic prophylaxis and resistance among a group of Egyptian pediatric and general dentists: a cross sectional study

Types Reasons Answer
Yes/No
Pediatric dentists (N = 154) General dentists (N = 224) p-value
  Number (N) Percentage (%) Number (N) Percentage (%)
Patient-related Self-medication Yes 152 98.7 217 96.9 0.252
No 2 1.3 7 3.1
Insisting parents Yes 5 3.2 10 4.5 0.551
No 149 96.8 214 95.5
Dentist-related Inquiring the patient about taking antibiotics in the past week before prescribing antibiotics Yes 140 90.9 174 77.7 0.001
No 14 9.1 50 22.3  
Advising the patient to adhere to the dosage regimen and informing the consequences of not doing so Yes 151 98.1 214 95.5 0.187
No 3 1.9 10 4.5
Prescribing antibiotics if you have many appointments already waiting at your clinic Yes 9 5.8 10 4.5 0.5462
No 145 94.2 214 95.5
Prescribing antibiotics to sustain the patient until the specialist treats the patient Yes 17 11.0 33 14.7 0.298
No 137 89.0 191 85.3