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Ready or Not: Does Household Preparedness Prevent Absenteeism Among Emergency Department Staff During a Disaster?

Mercer, M., Ancock, B., Levis, J., and Reyes, V. (2014). Ready or Not: Does Household Preparedness Prevent Absenteeism Among Emergency Department Staff During a Disaster? (Abstract only.) American Journal of Disaster Medicine. 9(3):221-32.

The authors administered a survey to emergency department staff to determine if household preparedness correlates with likelihood of reporting to work during a disaster. Household preparedness did not have an effect on self-reported likelihood of reporting during a disaster. Having dependents in the home; female gender; past disaster relief experience; having a spouse or domestic partner; and not owning pets were factors found to be associated with predicted absenteeism, though this varied based on disaster type.
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