Reference : The Importance of Awareness for Veterinarians Involved in Cattle Tuberculosis Skin Testing
Scientific journals : Article
Life sciences : Veterinary medicine & animal health
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/97799
The Importance of Awareness for Veterinarians Involved in Cattle Tuberculosis Skin Testing
English
Humblet, Marie-France mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des maladies infectieuses et parasitaires > Epidémiologie et analyse des risques appl. aux sc. vétér. >]
Moyen, Jean-Louis mailto [General Board of Dordogne - FRANCE > Dordogne Laboratory of Analysis and Research > > >]
Bardoux, Patrick mailto [Groupement de défense sanitaire du bétail de Dordogne - FRANCE > > > >]
Boschiroli, Maria Laura mailto [OIE/FAO Reference Laboratory for Bovine Tuberculosis, Unit of Bacterial Zoonoses, Laboratory of Animal Health and Zoonoses, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) > > > >]
Saegerman, Claude mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des maladies infectieuses et parasitaires > Epidémiologie et analyse des risques appl. aux sc. vétér. >]
13-May-2011
Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Wiley
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
1865-1674
1865-1682
Berlin
Germany
[en] bovine tuberculosis ; veterinarians ; awareness
[en] France is currently facing a re-emergence of bovine tuberculosis in several regions. To assess the knowledge of veterinary field practitioners concerning skin testing, a questionnaire-based methodology developed in Belgium was adapted to the context of the French department of Dordogne. The veterinarians involved in herds skin testing were solicited to participate to the survey (N = 94), through an anonymous postal questionnaire including items related to each step of the skin test procedure. Each item of the questionnaire was allotted a compliance score by 5 experts in the field of bovine tuberculosis (0, 1 or 2 a correct, acceptable and unacceptable answer respectively). These scores were balanced over 30 criteria according to their potential impact on the non-detection of reactors, on the basis of 11 experts’ opinion. A global score was calculated for each participating veterinarian. In addition, the Departmental sanitary authorities held meetings in December 2005 and June 2006 to make the veterinarians aware of the importance of correctly performing the skin test. The participants to the study were asked to fill in the questionnaire in duplicate, one related to their practices before the meeting, and the other one focusing on their practices after the meeting. A comparison of both situations was carried out (pre- and post-awareness meeting), as well as a comparison with the Belgian situation, arbitrarily selected as reference for the methodology. The participation was representative and reached a 23.4% rate. A significant difference was noticed between the mean global score reached before and after the meeting. These results show the usefulness of an appropriate awareness campaign of veterinarians in relation with skin testing and the importance of frequently holding awareness meetings in areas remaining confronted with bovine tuberculosis problems. It also highlights the interest of a structured auto-assessment process of veterinary practices
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/97799

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