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Preparedness of rural physicians for bioterrorist events in Florida.
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PMID:  23263309     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: Human-induced public health emergencies such as the anthrax bioterrorism event and the terrorism events of September 11, 2001 in the United States have increased awareness of the nation's vulnerability to large-scale emergencies. Scant attention has been given to preparing physicians in sparsely populated areas for public health emergencies. This study introduces a conceptual model developed from participants' responses that can be used to improve our understanding of rural physicians' preparedness regarding public health emergencies such as a bioterrorism event. The conceptual model is valuable because it illustrates some areas of question, concern, and future inquiry regarding bioterrorism preparedness.
METHODS: This study used a qualitative research approach and grounded theory methods for data analysis. Semistructured interviews were conducted among six rural physicians in Florida. Florida was considered a particularly appropriate location given that the state was an initial site of the 2001 anthrax attacks. In addition, approximately half of Florida's counties are considered rural.
RESULTS: The findings of this study suggest that not all rural physicians in Florida believe that they are adequately prepared for a bioterrorism event. The conceptual model elements-cognitive, clinical, expectation, and simulation-emerged from an analysis of participant responses.
CONCLUSIONS: According to participant responses and the formulation of the conceptual model it may be postulated that preparedness may be effectively achieved if physicians are aware of the possibility of bioterrorism through education and seminars, able to suspect and recognize an event when it occurs, and institute appropriate medical management.
Gavin J Putzer; Mirka Koro-Ljungberg; R Paul Duncan; Aram Dobalian
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  106     ISSN:  1541-8243     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  21-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
From the College of Public Health, University of Georgia, Athens, the College of Education and the College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, and the HSR&D Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, California.
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