Assessing the Readiness and Training Needs of Non-urban Physicians in Public Health Emergency and Response

dc.contributor.authorHsu, Chiehwen Ed
dc.contributor.authorSoto Mas, Francisco
dc.contributor.authorJacobson, Holly
dc.contributor.authorNkhoma, Ella
dc.contributor.authorZoretic, James
dc.description.abstractEmergency readiness has become a public health priority for United States communities after the 9/11 attacks. Communities that have a less developed public health infrastructure are challenged to organize preparedness and response efforts and to ensure that health care providers are capable of caring for victims of terrorist acts. A survey was used to assess nonurban physicians’ prior experience with and selfconfidence in treating, and preferred training needs for responding to chemical, biologic, radiologic, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) cases. Data were collected through a mailed and Web-based survey. Although the response rate was calculated at 30%, approximately one third of the surveys were not able to be delivered. Most respondents reported never having seen or treated CBRNE-inflicted cases and were not confident in their ability to diagnose or treat CBRNE cases, but many were willing to participate in a state-led response plan. Almost half of the individuals had not participated in any related training but expressed interest in receiving training in small group workshops or through CD-ROM. These results provide potential direction for strategic preparedness planning for non-urban health care providers.en
dc.description.sponsorshipTexas Department of Healthen
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dc.identifier.citationChiehwen Ed Hsu, PhD, Francisco Soto Mas, MD, PhD, MPH, Holly Jacobson, PhD, Richard Papenfuss, PhD, Ella T. Nkhoma, MPH, and James Zoretic, MD, MPH . "Assessing the Readiness and Training Needs of Non-urban Physicians in Public Health Emergency and Response." Disaster Manage Response 2005;3:106-11. Also available at Emergency Preparedness Monthly, October 2006:
dc.publisherHarvard School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Preparednessen
dc.relation.isAvailableAtCollege of Health & Human Performanceen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtPublic & Community Healthen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_us
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVol 3en
dc.subjectBioterrorism Preparednessen
dc.subjectPublic Health Preparedness and Responseen
dc.subjectPhysician Surveyen
dc.subjectRural Healthen
dc.titleAssessing the Readiness and Training Needs of Non-urban Physicians in Public Health Emergency and Responseen


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