Research Participant Information Statement
Antimicrobial usage in Australian companion and production animals – veterinarian attitudes to antibiotic use reporting
You have been invited to participate in a study investigating veterinary practitioner attitudes to recording antimicrobial use. This project aims to explore attitudes, comfort and concern around collation, management and reporting of antimicrobial use data from veterinary practice.
Why have I been asked to participate in this study?
We are seeking participants who prescribe antibiotics within the veterinary industry. We are keen to obtain responses from veterinarians representing all areas and types of practice.
What does participation involve?
Participation will involve completion of an online questionnaire that consists of 13 questions covering antibiotic recording and reporting. There will also be an option for further discussions by telephone at the end of the questionnaire which is voluntary.
Risks and benefits
There are no foreseeable risks associated with participating in this study. Other than your time, there are no costs associated with participation, nor are there any payments. Benefits include contribution to knowledge in this area and the capacity to potentially influence the way that antibiotic use is recorded and reported in future in Australia.
Withdrawal from the research project
Participation in this study is completely voluntary. Your decision to participate or not will not affect your current or future relationship with the members of this project team or anyone else in their organisations. If you elect to participate in further discussions at the conclusion of this questionnaire, you are able to guide the conversation around areas that you do not wish to discuss and you are free to stop the discussion at any time. You are also free to request that information that you have provided be removed from the record. If you wish to withdraw after submitting the questionnaire or completing the further discussion you are free to do so. You may withdraw from the study at any time up until submission of a Draft Report of the project (estimated June 2022).
Any information collected is confidential. It will be stored securely and only accessed by the researchers. You only need to provide details of your name if you select to participate in further discussions at the end of the questionnaire and this will not be linked to your questionnaire, or further discussion response. All data will be stored in a confidential, non-identifiable format, in line with CSIRO’s record-keeping procedure.