Testing for Hendra virus: difficulties experienced by veterinarians in Queensland prior to 2011

Mendez, D., Judd, J., and Speare, R. (2013) Testing for Hendra virus: difficulties experienced by veterinarians in Queensland prior to 2011. Australian Veterinary Journal, 91 (8). pp. 323-327.

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Abstract

Objective: To identify the perceived barriers to Hendra virus (HeV) management by private equine veterinarians in Queensland.

Design: An exploratory qualitative study of private equine veterinarians registered and working in coastal Queensland.

Methods: A questionnaire that included eight open-ended questions about the management of HeV was used in face-to-face in-depth interviews with 21 veterinary personnel working in equine or mixed private practice between Far North and South-East Queensland in 2009–10. The qualitative data was entered and analysed thematically using QSR's International's Nvivo 9 qualitative data analysis software.

Results: This study revealed key issues associated with HeV testing: (1) inadequate knowledge of testing procedures and laboratory diagnostic pathways; (2) difficulty in accessing laboratory services; (3) responsibility for cost of collection and transport of specimen; and (4) the role of government. Participants perceived these issues as reducing potential HeV case management efficiency.

Conclusion: Although HeV management plans have been modified in part since 2009–10, this study highlights the importance of considering the perspectives of private veterinary practitioners in any biosecurity protocols.

Item ID: 31706
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: biosecurity, Hendra virus, infection control, laboratory diagnosis, qualitative research, veterinarians
ISSN: 1751-0813
Funders: Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2014 09:41
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070705 Veterinary Immunology @ 80%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070799 Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920120 Zoonoses @ 100%
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