Healthcare providers: Will they come to work during an influenza pandemic?

C. Rossow, L. V. Ivanitskaya, L. Fulton, W. Fales

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Abstract

The objective of the study was to examine available evidence on healthcare providers' willingness to report to work during a pandemic influenza and on related measures. Limited to scholarly journals, a search in nine databases produced 206 studies, 28 of which met inclusion criteria and were discussed in depth this review. Six studies posed an avian influenza scenario, four studies were conducted during the 2009/2010 global H1N1 pandemic influenza and the remaining 18 studies examined willingness to report to work under a scenario that was related to a pandemic influenza but the type of flu was under-specified. Willingness to report to work varied dramatically among the 28 studies, from a low of 23.1% to a high of 93.1%. Heterogeneous methods employed by researchers make it hard to generalize and draw practical conclusions. Preliminary evidence suggests that physicians may be more willing to report to work than nurses. Given the current state of the literature and the need to estimate workforce availability for preparedness planning, worst case scenario planners may cautiously assume that 1 in 4 healthcare providers will be willing to report to work during a pandemic influenza, not accounting for those who are ill. Because physicians demonstrated higher willingness, the 1 in 4 estimate could be adjusted upward for this provider group.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisaster Management and Human Health Risk III - Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes
Pages133-147
Number of pages15
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event3rd International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes, DMAN 2013 - A Coruna, Spain
Duration: Jul 9 2013Jul 11 2013

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on the Built Environment
Volume133
ISSN (Print)1743-3509

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes, DMAN 2013
Country/TerritorySpain
CityA Coruna
Period07/9/1307/11/13

Keywords

  • Healthcare providers
  • Influenza pandemic
  • Willingness to report to work

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