Public Health Emergency Preparedness
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Special Needs and Potential Roles
Focus Group Discussions of Disaster Planning at Nursing Homes
The issues of the potential role and degree of preparedness of nursing homes in public health emergencies have emerged, but there is little understanding about them. To address
them, focus groups were conducted to collect information
about disaster- and bioterrorism-related planning activities among nursing
homes in five States and southern California. The focus group project is an adjunct to the Emergency Preparedness Atlas.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) supported this project
under contract No. 290-00-0018 with RTI International.
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By Elisabeth D. Root, M.A.; Jacqueline B. Amozegar; Shulamit Bernard,
1.1. Background on
Nursing Home Disaster Preparedness
1.2. Organization of
2. Data and Methods
2.1. Sample Selection
2.2. Participant Recruiting
2.3. Protocol Development
2.4. Data Collection
2.5. Study Limitations
3. Focus Group Results
3.1. Disaster Preparedness
and Planning Activities
3.2. Special Needs of Nursing
3.3. Potential Roles of Nursing
3.4. Influence of State
Regulations on Nursing Homes
3.5. The Role of the
Red Cross and the Effects of Hurricane Katrina
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Appendix A: Focus Group Moderators
Appendix B. Long-term Care Preparedness
AHRQ Publication No. 07-0029-1
Current as of May 2007