EC Paediatrics

Research Article Volume 12 Issue 10 - 2023

Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Jordanian Pediatricians Toward Probiotics

Eyad Altamimi1*, Bayan Ahmad2 and Anastasia Ensminger3

1Pediatric Department, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
2Pediatric Emergency Department, Ibn Alnafees Hospital, Manama, Bahrain
3Registered Dietician, Danville Public School, Danville, Virginia

*Corresponding Author: Eyad Altamimi, Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist, Pediatric and Neonatology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.
Received: September 08, 2023; Published: September 14, 2023

Background: The indications for probiotics are expanding, and numerous formulations are now available. This study aimed to explore the knowledge, attitude, and prescribing practices of Jordanian pediatricians regarding probiotics, and to identify any knowledge gaps or restrictions to probiotics prescription in North Jordan.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 120 pediatricians working in different health sectors in North Jordan. The survey included questions on demographic characteristics, knowledge, attitudes, prescribing practices, and barriers to prescribing probiotics.

Results: Approximately 44% of surveyed physicians reported knowing the constituents of probiotics, and 50% expressed a desire to learn more about probiotics. Antibiotic-associated diarrhea was the most common indication for prescribing probiotics, followed by irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. Knowledge, efficacy evidence, and safety concerns were identified as key determinants of probiotics prescription. The lack of information was considered a barrier to prescribing probiotics by 77.9% of respondents.

Conclusion: Our findings suggest that there is a knowledge gap among Jordanian pediatricians regarding probiotics. The study highlights the need for an educational program to provide updated information and recommendations for prescribing probiotics in North Jordan. Additionally, marketing efforts should be directed towards physicians to improve their awareness and knowledge of probiotics.

 Keywords: Knowledge; Attitude; Practice; Jordanian Pediatricians; Probiotics

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Eyad Altamimi., et al. Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Jordanian Pediatricians Toward Probiotics. EC Paediatrics 12.10 (2023): 01-10.