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veterinary oncology service personnel understand the communication expectations of clients. Greater awareness may not only enhance the ability to successfully negotiate encounters with clients but also provide more focused clinical care, 6 best serving the

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oncology, wherein the unpredictability of both cancer and response to treatment precipitates ongoing uncertainty. 40 Shedding light on the information expectations of clients would provide oncology services an opportunity to augment communication

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-care resources is well above the recommended reading levels, with most materials written at a 10th-grade level. 8 , 10 With specific reference to discharge summaries, readability exceeds recommendations across various medical subspecialties including oncology

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Abstract

Objective—To examine characteristics of cats and their owners with regard to outdoor access of owned cats.

Design—Cross-sectional study.

Animals—184 owned cats admitted to a veterinary referral center for nonemergency health concerns.

Results—Cats acquired recently were less likely to be allowed outdoors than those acquired during previous years. Outdoor access was often limited during the day; few owners allowed their cats to remain outdoors at night. Cats acquired from shelters were more likely to be kept exclusively as indoor pets than those cats acquired as strays. The presence of dogs but not other cats in the household was associated with increased outdoor access. Age, health status, and onychectomy status were not significantly associated with outdoor access. Cats allowed outdoor access were more likely to have been bitten by other cats.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—The basis for an owner's decision to allow outdoor access appears to be multifactorial, and there may be regional differences in outdoor access of owned cats. Acquisition source is associated with outdoor access of owned cats. Availability of information regarding outdoor access of cats may influence decision making. Educational efforts targeted at specific groups of cat owners, as well as programs that acknowledge owner beliefs regarding quality of life for their cats, may help to address the health, safety, and population concerns associated with outdoor access of owned cats. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2003;222:15417–1545)

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years ago. Anecdotally, application of these classification systems has become commonplace in contemporary veterinary oncology publications, and it is likely that their adoption has improved standards of AE reporting. Although standardized terminology

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.4 122 142 9 7.8 49 74 16 378 32    Cardiology 1.3 38 59 6 13.4 30 25 2 129 29    Neurology 1.5 34.5 64 11 12.3 37 25 −3 135 25    Oncology 1.8 39.2 77 14 10.6 43 31

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Exotic, wildlife, and zoological medicine 6 Large animal medicine 7 Neurology 6 Oncology 7 Oncology 5 Anesthesia 6 Anesthesia 5 Large animal surgery 6 Large animal medicine 4 Theriogenology 5

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Critical Care, Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Veterinary and Comparative Oncology, Veterinary Dermatology, and Veterinary Surgery . Parallel

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the type but not necessarily the amount of information that pet owners desire. This has been demonstrated in a study of pet owners accessing tertiary oncology care for their pets who were more concerned about the truthfulness of the information than

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