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ERIC Number: EJ801827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0890-765X
Identifying the Gaps between Biodefense Researchers, Public Health, and Clinical Practice in a Rural Community
Van Fleet-Green, Jessica M.; Chen, Frederick M.; House, Peter
Journal of Rural Health, v24 n3 p326-329 Sum 2008
Objective: It is essential for health care professionals to be prepared for a bioterrorist attack or other public health emergency. We sought to determine how well biodefense and emerging infectious disease research information was being disseminated to rural health care providers, first responders, and public health officials. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted at a federally funded research institution and a rural community in Washington state with 10 subjects, including researchers, community physicians and other health care providers, first responders, and public health officials. Results: The interviews suggest there is inadequate information dissemination regarding biodefense and emerging infectious disease research and an overall lack of preparedness for a bioterrorist event among rural clinicians and first responders. Additionally, a significant communication gap exists between public health and clinical practice regarding policies for bioterrorism and emerging infectious disease. There was, however, support and understanding for the research enterprise in bioterrorism. Conclusions: Biodefense preparedness and availability of information about emerging infectious diseases continues to be a problem. Methods for information dissemination and the relationships between public health officials and clinicians in rural communities need to be improved.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington