Trends of antibiotic consumption in korea according to national reimbursement data (2008-2012) a population-based epidemiologic study

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This study determined the trends in the quantities and patterns of nationwide antibiotic consumption in the Republic of Korea (ROK). This nationwide descriptive epidemiological study was conducted in the ROK between 2008 and 2012. The quantities and patterns of total systemic antibiotic prescriptions were analyzed using National Health Insurance claims data collected through the Health Insurance Review and Assessment service. Data concerning systemic antibiotics were collected using measurement units of the defined daily dose (DDD) per 1000 people per day according to the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical classification. Over the 5-year study period, the annual consumption of systemic antibiotics ranged from 21.68 to 23.12 DDD per 1000 people per day. Outpatient antibiotic use accounted for 80.9% of total consumption. A regression model with autoregressive errors showed significant increased consumption of major antibiotic subgroups, including 3rdgeneration cephalosporins, carbapenems, and glycopeptides (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e2100
JournalMedicine (United States)
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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