PMID: 17479824May 8, 2007

Impact of a child care educational intervention on parent knowledge about appropriate antibiotic use

WMJ : Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
Donita R CroftEdward A Belongia


Parent education is an integral component to promoting judicious antibiotic use. Opportunities to educate parents directly are limited. Child care providers are in a position to relay information to parents. A group-randomized trial assessed the impact of a child care center staff intervention on parental knowledge and attitudes regarding appropriate antibiotic use. A 9-point knowledge score and 3 attitude items were measured. Surveys were returned by 151 (51%) of 298 intervention center parents and 150 (42%) of 361 control center parents. Intervention center respondents were significantly more likely than control center respondents to be college graduates, non-Hispanic white, and insured. Among college graduates, the median knowledge score was 7.0 at intervention centers and 6.5 at control centers (P<0.01). No significant differences were found in knowledge scores among noncollege educated parents (P=0.11). After adjusting for clustering within child care centers, multivariate analysis demonstrated high knowledge score was associated with white race (P=0.02), being a college graduate (P=0.02), and being in the intervention group (P=0.06). An appropriate antibiotic use program for child care providers promotes better knowledge ...Continue Reading

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