Willingness to consult a veterinarian on physician's advice for zoonotic diseases: a formal role for veterinarians in medicine

Speare, Rick, Mendez, Diana, Judd, Jenni, Reid, Simon, Tzipori, Saul, and Massey, Peter D. (2015) Willingness to consult a veterinarian on physician's advice for zoonotic diseases: a formal role for veterinarians in medicine. PLoS ONE, 10 (8). e0131406. pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

Physicians appear to find zoonotic diseases a challenge and consider that this topic belongs more to the veterinary profession. However, veterinarians have no formal role in clinical medicine. Data were collected as part of the Queensland Social Survey 2014 to determine the willingness of the public, if diagnosed with a zoonotic disease, to consult a veterinarian on the advice of a physician. Self-reported willingness to consult with a veterinarian at the respondent's own expense was 79.8% (95% CI: 81.96%-77.46%) (976/1223). If the cost was funded by Medicare, the Australian public health insurance scheme, 90.7% (95% CI: 92.18%-88.92%) (1109/1223) would be willing to consult a veterinarian. Therefore, a large majority of Australian residents would be willing to consult with a veterinarian on the advice of their physician if they had a zoonotic disease. Does this indicate a possible new role for veterinarians under Clinical One Health?

Item ID: 40069
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-6203
Keywords: zoonosis; zoonoses; veterinary; physician; clinical one health; consultation
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© 2015 Speare et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Funders: Tropical Health Solutions
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 03:02
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070799 Veterinary Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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