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Table 1 Statements included in the constructs related to farmers’ attitudes to antimicrobial use and to the influence of veterinarians

From: Antimicrobial use in Swedish farrow-to-finish pig herds is related to farmer characteristics

Construct Statements No of answers per score of each statement: 1 (do not agree at al), 6 (fully agree)
   1 2 3 4 5 6
Perceived risks AB are associated with risks for the pigs 11 18 13 10 5 2
  AB use in pig farming reduces the effectiveness of ABs in human medicine 5 12 14 11 8 9
  AB are used far too much in pig production 10 15 11 13 5 5
Perceived benefits AB can be easily and quickly applied 3 5 13 7 15 15
  AB are very cost efficient 3 3 16 10 17 10
  The effect of AB in pigs is very fast 0 0 13 18 14 14
  The animals recover quickly due to AB 0 1 8 16 21 13
  AB highly reduce the number of deaths among pigs 2 11 8 13 15 10
Perceived need of AM Keeping a large number of pigs is only possible with the intensive use of AB 19 23 6 8 2 1
  Disease incidents caused by the conditions of intensive pig farming can only be cured by AB 23 11 9 8 6 2
Contribution from veterinarians My veterinarian informs me about the risks of antibiotic use 1 2 3 4 15 33
  My veterinarian informs me about how AB work 0 1 4 5 20 28
  My veterinarian informs me about the impact of alternative strategies and how to use them 1 1 9 11 16 21
  1. AB antibiotic