Jacobson, PD., Wasserman, J., Botoseneanu, A. et al. (2011). The Role of Law in Public Health Preparedness: Opportunities and Challenges. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 37(2): 297-328.
The results of a study of 144 interviews in nine states noted gaps in how local public health and emergency management professionals perceived legal requirements. The authors note that training in legal preparedness and being able to receive timely clarification to resolve issues could improve morbidity and mortality outcomes during a public health emergency.