Original Article

The ADKAR® change management model for farmer profiling with regard to antimicrobial stewardship in livestock production

Authors
  • M. A. M. Houben
  • N. Caekebeke
  • A. van den Hoogen
  • M. Ringenier
  • T. J. Tobias
  • F. J. Jonquiere
  • N. Sleeckx
  • F. C. Velkers
  • J. A. Stegeman
  • J. Dewulf
  • M. Postma

Abstract

Antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary practice and animal production is important from a One Health perspective. The ADKAR® change management model is a well-known strategy to implement behavioral change in people and small businesses. The objective of this study was to adapt the existing ADKAR® change management model to enable herd veterinarians to profile farmers with regard to antimicrobial stewardship. Therefore, an antimicrobial stewardship related scoring scale was defined. Subsequently, ADKAR® profiles of 26 poultry and 28 pig farmers from Belgium and the Netherlands were determined. For 57% of the farmers, perception and/or motivation were expected to limit successful change. For 70% of the farmers, knowledge and for 52% of the farmers, a lack of ability were the limiting factor. The ADKAR® model proved useful for identifying the key elements that prevent successful behavioral change in farmers to reduce the use of antibiotics in farm animals.

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Houben, M. & Caekebeke, N. & van den Hoogen, A. & Ringenier, M. & Tobias, T. & Jonquiere, F. & Sleeckx, N. & Velkers, F. & Stegeman, J. & Dewulf, J. & Postma, M., (2020) “The ADKAR® change management model for farmer profiling with regard to antimicrobial stewardship in livestock production”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 89(6), 309-314. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/vdt.v89i6.17413

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Published on
29 Dec 2020
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