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Client's satisfaction with delivery of animal health-care services in peri-urban Ghana

Turkson, P.K.
Preventive veterinary medicine 2009 v.90 no.3-4 pp. 153-159
livestock production, veterinarians, health services, animal care, health status, poultry, developing countries, suburban areas, surveys, questionnaires, farmers, farmers' attitudes, public opinion, perceptions (cognitive), livestock and meat industry, Ghana
I assessed the satisfaction in July-August 2005 of 889 livestock and poultry owners with animal health-care services delivery in peri-urban Ghana and determined factors associated with that satisfaction (and with being the owner of poultry versus of other livestock with or without poultry). Overall, 48% of the respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with service delivery, with only 8% in the very satisfied category. Of the 401 owners of poultry and 488 owners of other livestock, 52% and 45%, respectively, reported being satisfied or very satisfied with veterinary services delivery. I found significant differences between poultry and livestock owners in 11 of 15 indicators of quality of animal health-care services; significantly higher proportions of poultry owners gave positive assessments in nine of the indicators. All but one of the 15 indicators tested was significantly and positively associated with satisfaction among all owners, overall. The indicators are proposed as a checklist for Qualitative Rapid Appraisal of Veterinary Services.