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Gesundheitswesen. 2019 Jan 31. doi: 10.1055/a-0820-4397. [Epub ahead of print]

[Rational Use of Antibiotics Among Turkish Migrants In Germany: Knowledge, Attitudes and Interaction With Physicians and Pharmacists].

[Article in German; Abstract available in German from the publisher]

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Fakultät für Human- und Sozialwissenschaften, TU Chemnitz, Chemnitz.
Fakultät für Gesundheit/Department für Humanmedizin, Universität Witten/Herdecke, Witten.
Abt. Epidemiologie & International Public Health, Fakultät für Gesundheitswissenschaften, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld.
Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.
Institute of Public Health, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.
Department of International Health, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands.
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.


in English, German


Due to strong transnational ties, the use of and demand for antibiotics among Turkish migrants in Germany may be influenced by cultural aspects of antibiotic use in Turkey. Research on the use of antibiotics among Turkish migrants in Germany, however, is scarce. The aim of this study was to find out how Turkish migrants in Germany use antibiotics, whether and how knowledge, underlying motives and attitudes influence demand and how Turkish migrants interact with medical professionals.


Using a qualitative approach, behavioural patterns and logic of action of adult Turkish migrants were identified. We carried out semi-structured focus group interviews with adults of Turkish origin residing in Germany and expert interviews with family physicians and pharmacists. The interviews were analysed by means of content analysis.


While younger migrants had a generally positive, but cautious attitude towards the use of antibiotics, older migrants often showed exaggerated, unrealistic expectations resulting from a lack of factual knowledge. Overall, participants adopted a passive role in the patient-provider relationship. This led to a perpetuation of significant knowledge gaps.


Older Turkish migrants who have less factual knowledge show exaggerated expectations concerning the effectiveness of antibiotics. In conjunction with a passive patient role, resulting in information needs not being satisfied, this can affect the patient-provider relationship. A more active communication by physicians and information materials sensitive to the needs of migrants can positively influence the interaction between migrant patients and medical professionals.


Conflict of interest statement

Die AutorInnen geben an, dass keine Interessenkonflikte bestehen.

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