Hawaii physician and nurse bioterrorism preparedness survey.

A.R. Katz, D.M. Nekorchuk, P.S. Holck, L.A. Hendrickson, Allison Imrie, P.V. Effler

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    Introduction: Physicians and nurses are integral components of the publichealth bioterrorism surveillance system. However, most published bioterrorismpreparedness surveys focus on gathering information related to selfassessedknowledge or perceived needs and abilities.Objective: A survey of physicians and nurses in Hawaii was conducted toassess objective knowledge regarding bioterrorism agents and diseases andperceived response readiness for a bioterrorism event.Methods: During June and July 2004, an anonymous survey was mailed up tothree times to a random sample of all licensed physicians and nurses residingin Hawaii.Results: The response rate was 45% (115 of 255) for physicians and 53% (146of 278) for nurses. Previous bioterrorism preparedness training associated significantlywith knowledge-based test performance in both groups. Only 20%of physicians or nurses had had previous training in bioterrorism preparedness,and 70%expressed willingness to assist the state in the event of a bioterrorist attack.Conclusions: Additional bioterrorism preparedness training should be madeavailable through continuing education and also should become a componentof both medical and nursing school curricula. It is important to provide theknowledge necessary for physicians and nurses to improve their ability to performin the event of a bioterrorist attack.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)404-413
    JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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    Katz, A. R., Nekorchuk, D. M., Holck, P. S., Hendrickson, L. A., Imrie, A., & Effler, P. V. (2006). Hawaii physician and nurse bioterrorism preparedness survey. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 21(6), 404-413. http://pdm.medicine.wisc.edu/index.html