Posted: November 9, 2016

Pre-Clinical Education: Medical, Nursing and Pharmacy Students' Willingness to Work During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Description

As healthcare workers are critical first responders, understanding which factors motivate their willingness to work (WTW) during disease outbreaks may improve preparedness. The perspective of the future workforce, healthcare students, remains largely unexplored. This study compares factors influencing WTW among medical, nursing, and pharmacy students. A printed survey was administered to 631 healthcare students. The questionnaire elicited information regarding prior disaster training, disease-related knowledge, and WTW in the setting of diseases with contact or respiratory transmission. Analyses of the 579 respondents (92% response rate) demonstrated that students were less fearful for their health and more willing to work during outbreaks with contact transmission than those with respiratory transmission. Medical students were the most fearful for their health, but generally demonstrated greater WTW than pharmacy and nursing students. Medical students were also the most knowledgeable about disease outbreaks. Prior disaster training was associated with greater WTW. Extent of disease-related knowledge and prior disaster training may influence WTW. Our findings, taken in the context of a remarkable underemphasis on disaster preparedness in healthcare curricula, call for a broader incorporation of disaster training to ultimately improve the WTW of healthcare workers.

*Presented at Learn Serve Lead 2016

Keywords

Emergency Preparedness, Interdisciplinary Medical Education, LSL 2016, Disaster Medicine, Disaster Planning, Disease Outbreaks

Authors

Clifton R. Lacy, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, School of Engineering, Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security

Jaya Kanduri, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Jennifer Yoon, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Justin Oh, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Kapil Wattamwar, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Meghan Nahass, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Parth Shukla, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Priya Patel, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Rima Patel, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


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