Volume 5, Number 1—February 1999
Preventing Zoonotic Diseases in Immunocompromised Persons: The Role of Physicians and Veterinarians
|How often do you encounter or discuss zoonotic diseases in your patient population?|
|1=Several times/day; 2=Daily; 3=Weekly; 4=Occasionally; 5=Never||= 3.02a (±0.05)b|
|How often do physicians contact you for advice on the animal aspects of transmission and risks of zoonotic diseases?|
|1=Several times/week; 2=Several times/month; 3=Several times/year; 4=Rarely; 5=Never||= 4.30 (±0.04)|
|How often do you contact physicians regarding a zoonotic disease?|
|1=Several times/week; 2=Several times/month; 3=Several times/year; 4=Rarely; 5=Never||= 4.21 (±0.04)|
|If you know that a client is immunocompromised, do you offer consultation on zoonotic disease prevention?|
|- The situation has never arisen||n=205|
|How much risk to immunocompromised patients is associated with owning or having contact with the following animals?|
|1=Highest risk to 5=Lowest risk|
|- Reptile||= 2.28 (±0.09)|
|- Bird||= 2.49 (±0.07)|
|- Kitten (<6 months of age)||= 2.81 (±0.07)|
|- Puppy (<6 months of age)||= 3.02 (±0.07)|
|- Farm animals||= 3.05 (±0.07)|
|- Cat||= 3.28 (±0.06)|
|- Dog||= 3.86 (±0.06)|
aMean of all respondents.
bStandard error of the mean.
cAbsolute number of veterinarians answering "yes", "no" or "the situation has never arisen".
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