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

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posted on 2018-06-13, 00:00 authored by R Speare, D Mendez, Jennifer JuddJennifer Judd, S Reid, S Tzipori, PD Massey
© 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.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?

Funding

Other

History

Volume

10

Issue

8

Start Page

1

End Page

8

Number of Pages

8

eISSN

1932-6203

Publisher

Public Library of Science

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

External Author Affiliations

James Cook University; University of Queensland; Tufts University, Boston, USA; Hunter New England Population Health, Tamworth, Australia

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

PLoS ONE