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Barriers to at-home-preparedness in public health employees: implications for disaster preparedness training
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2007 (English)In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, ISSN 1076-2752, E-ISSN 1536-5948, Vol. 49, no 3, 318-326 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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OBJECTIVES: To assess "at-home" preparedness and barriers to preparedness in a cohort of public health employees. METHOD: Conducted a cross-sectional survey involving 100 employees attending emergency preparedness training that emphasized incident command training and included a segment on "at-home" preparedness. RESULTS: Fifteen percent of participants were rated as "better prepared," and only 8% of participants would be considered "most prepared." There was no relationship between the concern for bioterrorism and other disasters and preparedness. The principal barrier involved challenges in getting the task done versus lack of desire or knowledge. CONCLUSIONS: There is great potential for distraction of public health workers during an emergent event if they are not prepared at home and have concern for family members. At-home preparedness training efforts that emphasize what should be done and why are likely to have limited impact on changing behavior. Strategies that ensure that small steps are taken are likely to be more successful.

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2007. Vol. 49, no 3, 318-326 p.
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Adult, Cohort Studies, Competency-Based Education, Cross-Sectional Studies, Disaster Planning/*statistics & numerical data, Female, Health Personnel/education, Humans, Interviews as Topic/*methods, Male, Michigan, Middle Aged, Natural Disasters, Needs Assessment/statistics & numerical data, Public Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-16063DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31803225c7PubMedID: 17351518OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-16063DiVA: diva2:43834
Available from: 2008-04-15 Created: 2008-04-15 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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