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ERIC Number: EJ1116308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Impact of an Education Intervention on Missouri K-12 School Disaster and Biological Event Preparedness
Rebmann, Terri; Elliott, Michael B.; Artman, Deborah; VanNatta, Matthew; Wakefield, Mary
Journal of School Health, v86 n11 p794-802 Nov 2016
Background:A 2011 nationwide school pandemic preparedness study found schools to be deficient. We examined the impact of a school nurse educational intervention aimed at improving K-12 school biological event preparedness. Mehods: Missouri Association of School Nurses (MASN) members were e-mailed a survey link in fall 2013 (ie, preintervention), links to online education modules (ie, intervention) in late fall, and a postintervention survey link in spring, 2014. School biological event readiness was measured using 35 indicators, for a possible score range of 0-35. A paired t-test compared pre- to postintervention preparedness scores. Results: A total of 133 school nurses (33.6% response rate) completed a survey; 35.3% of those (N = 47) completed both pre- and postintervention survey that could be matched. Pre- and postintervention preparedness scores ranged from 5 to 28.5 (x-bar = 13.3) and 6.5 to 25 (x-bar = 14.8), respectively. Postintervention scores were significantly higher than preintervention scores for those who watched at least 1 module (t = -2.3, p < 0.05). Conclusion: The education intervention was effective at improving school preparedness, though the impact was small. The education intervention needs to be reassessed, especially in regard to providing a longer intervention period.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri