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Insuring Continuity of Care for Chronic Disease Patients After a Disaster: Key Preparedness Elements

Arrieta, M.I., Foreman, R.D., Crook, E.D., and Icenogle, M.L. (2008). Insuring Continuity of Care for Chronic Disease Patients After a Disaster: Key Preparedness Elements. American Journal of Medical Sciences. 336(2):128-33.

The authors interviewed 30 key informants (KI), including health and social service providers that provide healthcare to the under- and uninsured along the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast. Predisaster issues of importance were patient education and preparedness; evacuation guidance and support; planning for special medical needs shelters; and health care provider preparedness. Postdisaster issues were communication; volunteer coordination/credentialing; and donation management, particularly for medications.
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