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
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.
How to Cite: 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). doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/vdt.v89i6.17413