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Table 3 Parents’ views on common colds, antibiotics and GP visits

From: Dissonant views - GPs’ and parents’ perspectives on antibiotic prescribing for young children with respiratory tract infections

Statements Disagree or Strongly disagree (n, %) Neither agree or disagree (n, %) Agree or Strongly agree (n, %) No Response (n, %)
I will always want antibiotics for my child’s cough, cold or flu symptoms 43 86% 4 8% 1 2% 2 4%
My child will be sick for a longer period if he/she does not receive an antibiotic for cough, cold or flu symptoms 40 80% 4 8% 5 10% 1 2%
I generally know if my child needs an antibiotic before seeing the doctor for cough, cold or flu symptoms 17 34% 9 18% 23 46% 1 2%
I will go to another doctor if my doctor does not prescribe antibiotics for my child for cough, cold or flu symptoms 44 88% 4 8% 1 2% 1 2%
I usually go to the doctors if my child has been unwell with cough, cold or flu symptoms for longer than 3 days 17 34% 7 14% 25 50% 1 2%
I am more satisfied with the doctor visit if I am prescribed antibiotics for my child with cough, cold or flu symptoms 36 72% 7 14% 6 12% 1 2%
I am always guided by what my doctor recommends for my child with cough, cold or flu symptoms 8 16% 6 12% 35 70% 2 4%
I always have to initiate the discussion of antibiotics before my doctor would be willing to prescribe antibiotics for my sick child with cough, cold or flu symptoms 32 64% 20 20% 6 12% 2 4%
I usually know what I want out of my doctor’s appointment before I go 13 26% 17 34% 19 38% 1 2%
I will take my child to see a doctor if he/she has a high temperature (over 40 °C) 4 8% 3 6% 41 82% 2 4%
I will take my child to see a doctor if he/she has a temperature (37 °C - 40 °C) 18 36% 12 24% 29 38% 1 2%