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Willingness to Consult a Veterinarian on Physician's Advice for Zoonotic Diseases: A Formal Role for Veterinarians in Medicine?

By Rick Speare, Diana Mendez, Jenni Judd, Simon Reid, Saul Tzipori, Peter D Massey

Category Journal Articles
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?

Submitter

Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2015
Publication Title PLoS ONE
Volume 10
Issue 8
Publisher PLoS
DOI 10.4225/28/557E3196DE14D
URL https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0131406
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Health
  2. Illnesses
  3. Insurance
  4. One Health
  5. Public health
  6. Veterinary profession
  7. Zoonoses