Antibiotic prescription behavior of specialists in endodontics

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Edition V01N03 | Year 2011 | Editorial Original Article | Pages 88 to 93

Samuel Henrique Câmara De-bem, Juliane Nhata, Luciana Cavali Santello, Rayana Longo Bighetti, Antonio Miranda Da Cruz Filho

Introduction: The present study proposed to determine the antibiotic prescription behavior of endodontic specialists regarding antibiotic administration timing, indication and first choice options.
Methodology: A four-question questionnaire was delivered to 105 endodontists in São Paulo state, Brazil. The results were statistically analyzed.
Results: Within the interviewed specialists, 48.5% were male and 51.5% female. Amoxicillin was the first choice antibiotic for 84.7% of professionals. For a scenario of penicillin allergic patients, 47.6% would prescribe clindamycin and 42.8% azithromycin. The great majority (79%) indicates antibiotics administration for a period of 5 to 7 days. Close to one third of interviewed individuals inadequately indicated antibiotic therapy.
Conclusion: The majority of professionals were able to correctly select the antibiotic for non-allergic and penicillin allergic patients, as well as regarding the administration timing. On the other hand, there are still professionals inappropriately applying antibiotic therapies, favoring bacterial resistance.

Antibiotic therapy, Endodontics, Bacterial resistance,

De-Bem SHC, Nhata J, Santello LC, Bighetti RL, CruzFilhoAM. Antibiotic prescription behavior of specialists in endodontics. Dental Press Endod. 2011 Oct-Dec;1(3):88-93.

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