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Table 1 Information collected in the survey on antimicrobial use and variables entered into the database

From: Cross-sectional prospective survey to study indication-based usage of antimicrobials in animals: Results of use in cattle

Data recoded Type of variable Description
1. Animal species Coded Dog, cat, horse, cattle, pig, fur animals, fish, other
2. Type of visit Coded Normal daytime visit, on-call visit or prescription by phone
3. Main diagnosis Coded 18 pre-coded alternatives and possibility to give own diagnosis if something else
4. Duration of clinical signs Coded 0–3, 4–7, 8–14 days or longer
5. Clinical examination or diagnostic tests carried out Coded 8 pre-coded alternatives and possibility to describe other tests or procedures
6. Antimicrobial drug administered by veterinarian Text Product name and strength; amount given
7. Antimicrobial drug given to the owner to continue the treatment (per oral or injectable) Text Product name and strength; duration of treatment
8. Antimicrobial drug given to the owner to continue the treatment (local treatment, including intramammaries) Text Product name and strength; duration of treatment
9. Was the choice of product used affected by allergy, other disease, owner's wishes, recurrent or chronic infection or something else? Coded  
10. Was this the first visit or a follow-up visit? Coded