Health Care Workers’ Ability and Willingness to Report to Duty During Catastrophic Disasters

Qureshi, K., Gerson, R., Sherman, M., et al. (2005). Health Care Workers’ Ability and Willingness to Report to Duty During Catastrophic Disasters. (Abstract only.) Health Care Workers’ Ability and Willingness to Report to Duty During Catastrophic Disasters. (Abstract only.) Journal of Urban Health. 82(3): 378–388.
A survey of more than 6,400 healthcare workers (HCW) in New York City revealed that “in terms of willingness, HCWs were most willing to report during a snow storm (80%), MCI (86%), and environmental disaster (84%) and least willing during a SARS outbreak (48%), radiological event (57%), smallpox epidemic (61%), and chemical event (68%).” Barriers included childcare, elder care, and pet care, but the authors noted that many barriers were also open to interventions.
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