Ali, M. and Williams, M. (2019). No-Notice Mystery Patient Drills to Assess Emergency Preparedness for Infectious Diseases at Community Health Centers in New York City, 2015-2016. (Abstract only.) Journal of Community Health. Epub ahead of print.
The authors conducted three rounds of mystery patient drills simulating either influenza-like illness measles at 41 community health centers in New York City from April 2015 through December 2016. Through qualitative analysis, they found several strengths (e.g., established protocols, effective communication) and challenges (e.g., hand hygiene, explaining isolation rationale) and overall concluded that these types of drills can serve as helpful emergency preparedness tools for community health centers.