Evaluating Checklist Use in Companion Animal Wellness Visits in a Veterinary Teaching Hospital: A Preliminary Study

dc.contributor.authorNappier, Michael T.en
dc.contributor.authorCorrigan, Virginia Kieferen
dc.contributor.authorBartl-Wilson, Laraen
dc.contributor.authorFreeman, Mark D.en
dc.contributor.authorWerre, Stephen R.en
dc.contributor.authorTempel, Ericen
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-21T16:56:54Zen
dc.date.available2017-07-21T16:56:54Zen
dc.date.issued2017en
dc.description.abstractThe number of companion animal wellness visits in private practice has been decreasing, and one important factor cited is the lack of effective communication between veterinarians and pet owners regarding the importance of preventive care. Checklists have been widely used in many fields and are especially useful in areas where a complex task must be completed with multiple small steps, or when cognitive fatigue is evident. The use of checklists in veterinary medical education has not yet been thoroughly evaluated as a potential strategy to improve communication with pet owners regarding preventive care. The authors explored whether the use of a checklist based on the American Animal Hospital Association/American Veterinary Medical Association canine and feline preventive care guidelines would benefit senior veterinary students in accomplishing more complete canine and feline wellness visits. A group of students using provided checklists was compared to a control group of students who did not use checklists on the basis of their medical record notes from the visits. The students using the checklists were routinely more complete in several areas of a wellness visit vs. those who did not use the checklists. However, neither group of students routinely discussed follow-up care recommendations such as frequency or timing of follow-up visits. The study authors recommend considering checklist use for teaching and implementing wellness in companion animal primary care veterinary clinical teaching settings.en
dc.description.versionPublished versionen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2017.00087en
dc.identifier.issn2297-1769en
dc.identifier.orcidNappier, MT [0000-0003-0373-3309]en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/78396en
dc.identifier.volume4en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urihttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28649570en
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 Internationalen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectPartners for Healthy Petsen
dc.subjectchecklistsen
dc.subjectcompanion animalen
dc.subjectpreventive health-care guidelinesen
dc.subjectwellness visitsen
dc.titleEvaluating Checklist Use in Companion Animal Wellness Visits in a Veterinary Teaching Hospital: A Preliminary Studyen
dc.title.serialFrontiers in Veterinary Scienceen
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-05-23en
pubs.organisational-group/Virginia Techen
pubs.organisational-group/Virginia Tech/Veterinary Medicineen
pubs.organisational-group/Virginia Tech/Veterinary Medicine/Small Animal Clinical Sciencesen
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