The impact of experience, length of service, and workplace preparedness in physicians’ readiness in the response to disasters

Krzysztof Goniewicz, Mariusz Goniewicz, Frederick M. Burkle, Amir Khorram-Manesh

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Abstract

With an increasing number of natural and man-made disasters, the need for preparedness in all levels of management is obvious. Among healthcare professionals responding to these emergencies, physicians are of particular importance due to their significant roles as leaders and frontline workers in minimizing morbidity and mortality of the affected population. This study analyses the preparedness of 549 physicians from all medical centers in Lublin, Poland to formulate their observations, suggestions, and recommendations concerning the improvement of the chain of response in disaster management. The results of this study show that the perceived preparedness of physicians for disaster management and response is not as high as it should be, and the majority of the respondents perceived their disaster preparedness insufficient. Training of physicians in disaster management and principles of disaster medicine is needed, by focusing on the specificity of rescue response to emergencies following disasters, and medical and non-medical aspects of the response with particular emphasis on a management approach covering all hazards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3328
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Volume9
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Hospital
  • Physicians’ preparedness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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