Preparing for an influenza pandemic: Mental health considerations

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Abstract

There is a common belief that an influenza pandemic not only is inevitable, but that it is imminent. It is further believed by some, and dramatized by a 2006 made-for-television-movie, that such a pandemic will herald an end to life as we know it. Are such claims hyperboles, or does a pandemic represent the most significant threat to public health in the new millennium? Any potential effects of a disease on a population are mediated not only through the pathophysiological mechanisms of the disease itself, but through the psychological and behavioral reactions that such a disease might engender. It is the purpose of this paper to explore the potential psychological and behavioral reactions that may accompany an influenza pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-230
Number of pages8
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • avian influenza
  • crisis planning
  • epidemic
  • healthcare management
  • mental health
  • pandemic
  • preparedness
  • psychological

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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