Subjective Perception of Safe Antibiotic Use in the Context of European Union Health Policy

Gintaras Žilinskas

Abstract


Goals of antibiotic policy and its implementation in European Union (EU) and Lithuania are analysed in this article. Study also investigates subjective perception of safe antibiotic use between different Lithuanian citizens’ social groups. In order to determine this perception index of subjective perception of safe antibiotic use was created using data from special Eurobarometer (2016). Results showed that Lithuanian citizens’ index of subjective perception of safe antibiotic use was not high but did not differ from EU. In Lithuania the lowest perception was observed in individuals whose education ended before the age of 15, in the working class and in persons who never used the internet. The highest perception was seen in house persons, the upper middle class and managers. Only small differences in subjective perception of safe antibiotic use was estimated between different social groups.

Keywords


antibiotic policy, antibiotic use, subjective perception, threats, health policy, European Union.

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603