A full paper | By Lee S.L. et. al

Clinicians' Knowledge, Beliefs and Acceptance of Intravenous-to-oral Antibiotic Switching, Hospital Pulau

Pinang

ABSTRACT/SUMMARY

A cross-sectional study was conducted to explore clincians’ baseline knowledge, practice beliefs and acceptance of intravenous (IV)-to-oral antibiotic switching practice in Hospital Pulau Pinang. The factors most highly rated for antibiotic conversion were the ability to maintain oral intake (85.6%) and microbiology etiology (85.0%). Majority of the clinicians (76%) agreed with the traditional clinical rule that “patient should be afebrile for 24 hours before IV-to-oral switch”. Specialists and consultants had the highest knowledge score among the clinicians. However, they were generally less positive about a guideline being integrated into practice.