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Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Management: The Development and Piloting of a Self-Assessment Survey to Judge the Adequacy of Community-Based Physician Knowledge


Disaster preparedness and disaster management have received a high level of  attention in the aftermath of the United States’ recent experience with both natural and manmade events. Primary care physicians are often forced to respond with little or no formal training. Physicians in training receive little to no education on this subject. The capabilities of these professionals have significant public health relevance in both general public health as well as disaster preparedness and disaster management. There are several organizations and academic institutions that have made inroads into training on this subject. There is no standardized assessment tool to judge these clinicians’ competency. Currently available training and some of the major response organizations are reviewed. A format for the development of an assessment tool and a pilot survey completed at two community hospitals are both discussed.