A survey commissioned by the public education and advocacy group Research! America has determined Americans to regard antibiotic resistance as a public health problem with a myriad of treatment implications.
Researcher! US officials said 65 percent of respondents considered the antibiotic resistance to be a public health problem, while 81 percent expressed concerns that the situation would make more infections difficult or impossible to treat and even fatal.
Officials said the work carried out by Zogby Analytics, associated with the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), involved 1,004 adults. The survey also found that 73 percent of respondents said the federal government should provide incentives to encourage increased private sector investment in the development of new antibiotics, while 83 percent believe drug companies will develop more antibiotics.
The results revealed 92 percent of respondents agree that doctors and other healthcare professionals should only prescribe antibiotics if needed.
"Americans understand that antibiotic-resistant superbugs are a threat to public health, and they support the public and private sector's research systems to work to address this intensified health risk," said Mary Woolley, researcher, US President and CEO. "Americans demand that all hands on deck be confronted [antiomicrobial resistance] AMR – government, the private sector, healthcare professionals, hospitals and individuals. "
Other survey results include 61 percent of those surveyed said they are aware that antibiotics resistant to antibiotics can be spread from person to person and 76 percent of respondents aware antibiotic-resistant infections make medical procedures such as surgery, organ transplants and cancer treatment much more dangerous. Only 21 percent of those surveyed said that no action is needed from the federal government on antibiotic research and development at this time.