Ali, M. and Williams, M. (2019). Correction to No-Notice Mystery Patient Drills to Assess Emergency Preparedness for Infectious Diseases at Community Health Centers in New York City, 2015-2016. Journal of Community Health. 44(2): 387–394.
Three rounds of mystery patient drills simulating either influenza-like illness measles were conducted at 41 community health centers in New York City from April 2015 through December 2016. Through qualitative analysis, several strengths (e.g., established protocols, effective communication) and challenges (e.g., hand hygiene, explaining isolation rationale) were identified. The authors note that these types of drills can serve as helpful emergency preparedness tools for community health centers and provide examples of key evaluation components.