Characterizing Public Health Emergency Perceptions and Influential Modifiers of Willingness to Respond Among Pediatric Healthcare Staff

Watson, C., Barnett, D., Thompson, C., et al. (2011). Characterizing Public Health Emergency Perceptions and Influential Modifiers of Willingness to Respond Among Pediatric Healthcare Staff. American Journal of Disaster Medicine. 6(5):299-308.
The authors surveyed hospital-based pediatric staff in 2009 to characterize their perceptions of, and willingness to respond during, public health emergencies, with the goal of developing a methodology for an institution-specific training package to improve response willingness. The vast majority of respondents indicated a need for more training to respond to the survey scenarios (pandemic influenza and radiological dispersal device), and the authors found 6 six “distinct perceived attitudes/beliefs that had an institution-specific high impact on response willingness: colleague response, skill mastery, safety getting to work, safety at work, ability to perform duties, and individual response efficacy.”
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