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Can Vet J. 2013 Mar;54(3):243-8.

Factors associated with good compliance and long-term sustainability in a practitioner-based livestock disease surveillance system.

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Veterinary Science and Policy Unit, Animal Health and Welfare Branch, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Elora, Canada. Kathy.zurbrigg@ontario.ca

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in English, French

The Ontario Farm call Surveillance Project (OFSP) was a practitioner-based, syndromic surveillance system for livestock disease. Three data-recording methods (paper, web-based, and handheld electronic) used by participating veterinarians were compared for timeliness (when the report arrived at the OFSP office), completeness of the report, and the usage and costs of incentives offered to veterinarians as compensation for their time to record data. There were no statistically significant differences in these parameters among the 3 data-recording methods. This indicates that different data-recording methods can be used within a single veterinary surveillance program while maintaining data integrity and timely reporting. Factors such as ease of data collection and providing incentives valued by veterinarians ensured high compliance and long-term participation in the project. It also increased the diversity of the participant group, reducing the likelihood of biased data submissions.

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23997260
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PMC3573629
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