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Nursing Homes in Public Health Emergencies

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This resource was part of AHRQ's Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011, in a realignment of Federal efforts.

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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, Ph.D.


1. Introduction
   1.1. Background on Nursing Home Disaster Preparedness
   1.2. Organization of this Report
2. Data and Methods
   2.1. Sample Selection
   2.2. Participant Recruiting and Characteristics
   2.3. Protocol Development
   2.4. Data Collection and Analysis
   2.5. Study Limitations
3. Focus Group Results
   3.1. Disaster Preparedness and Planning Activities
   3.2. Special Needs of Nursing Homes
   3.3. Potential Roles of Nursing Homes
   3.4. Influence of State Regulations on Nursing Homes
   3.5. The Role of the Red Cross and the Effects of Hurricane Katrina
4. Conclusions
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Appendix A: Focus Group Moderators Guide
Appendix B. Long-term Care Preparedness Needs Assessment

AHRQ Publication No. 07-0029-1
Current as of May 2007


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