Dosa, D., Hyer, K., Thomas, K., et al. (2012). To Evacuate or Shelter In Place: Implications of Universal Hurricane Evacuation Policies on Nursing Home Residents. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 13(2): 190 e1-7.
The objective of this study was to examine the differential morbidity/mortality associated with evacuation versus sheltering in place for nursing home residents exposed to four hurricanes in the Gulf region. The authors discuss their methodology and results of the study. Among residents exposed to hurricanes, evacuation significantly exacerbated subsequent morbidity/mortality.