Even wat schokkende getallen zo in het begin van het weekend…. De Amerikanen melden dat tot 16% van de mensen die in de gezondheidszorg werken NIET komen werken als er een pandemie is en zij zelf gezond en fit genoeg zijn om te werken… De Britten laten dit getal op lopen tot 85%!! Lees hieronder meer!!:
Elsevier Global Medical News
About one in six surveyed public health workers said they would not report to work in the event of an influenza pandemic emergency, according to an online survey of more than 1,800 public health employees in Minnesota, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Overall, 16% of the health workers said they were unwilling to â€œrespond to a pandemic flu emergency regardless of its severity,â€ according to the findings of the survey, which was conducted from November 2006 to December 2007.
Nonetheless, that represents an improvement over the 40% of public health employees who in 2005 said they would be unlikely to report to work under the same pandemic circumstances, according to the researcher team that conducted both surveys. The current survey findings were published in the July 24 issue of the journal PLoS one.
Responses from the 1,835 public health employees in the current survey were analyzed using the Extended Parallel Process Model, which describes an individualâ€™s willingness to follow instructions in an emergency, given that personâ€™s perception of a threat and his or her belief in the ability to have a positive impact on the threat (PLoS One 2009;4:e6365).
Individuals who had a perception of high threat and high efficacy were nearly 32 times more likely to say that they would be willing to report to work during a flu pandemic, compared with individuals who reported a low threat and low efficacy perception.
â€œThese results … reveal a unique opportunity to induce change,â€ according to the researchers.
â€œThe first step is to better educate public heath workers as to their designed roles during this emergency scenario, and then motivate them with an understanding of why this role makes a difference,â€ they continued.
â€œEmployee response is a critical component of preparedness planning, yet it is often overlooked. Our study is an attempt to understand the underlying factors that determine an employeeâ€™s willingness to respond in an emergency,â€ said the studyâ€™s lead investigator, Dr. Daniel Barnett, assistant professor in the department of environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.
The study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionâ€™s Centers for Public Health Preparedness Program, and by the CDCâ€™s Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers program.
The authors reported having no conflicts of interest.
En de Britten zijn nog erger….
BIRMINGHAM, England, May 14 (UPI) — As many as 85 percent of healthcare workers in Britain may stay home from work in the event of a influenza pandemic, a survey indicates.
The survey, published in the journal BMC Public Health, suggests that levels of absenteeism may be significantly higher than official estimates and that willingness rather than ability plays the largest role in healthcare workers’ decisions to go to work.
University of Birmingham researchers says 1,032 healthcare workers responded to questionnaire about the factors that may influence their decision to go to work during an influenza pandemic. (Lees volledig verhaal: hier)