Knowledge, attitudes and practices of health care workers regarding disaster preparedness at Johannesburg hospital in Gauteng Province, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Moabi, Rosemary Maud
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-03T10:50:42Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-03T10:50:42Z
dc.date.issued 2009-11-03T10:50:42Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/7409
dc.description M.P.H., Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, 2008. en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the study is to ascertain the knowledge, attitudes and practices of hospital management at the Johannesburg Hospital regarding disaster preparedness. Objectives: The study is to assess the current status of awareness of the management regarding disaster preparedness; to determine whether there are hospital specific plans; knowledge of whether the plans are regularly updated or not; to determine attitudes towards disaster management plans and drills and to determine current practices with regards to disaster preparedness . Study design: The study design was a cross sectional survey. The study population included the hospital administrators, head of clinical units, head of casualties, the chief porter, the chief clerk, the theatre matron, senior sisters and doctors in the casualty department, head of security, head of transport and the chief pharmacist The study was conducted utilizing a self administered questionnaire with structured and open ended questions. In case where management were not available, the person acting in that capacity was requested to complete the questionnaire. Twenty five out of the thirty five managers selected completed a self administered questionnaire. The response rate was 71,4%. Findings: The management at the Johannesburg Hospital was aware of the disaster preparedness of the hospital and its plans, and disaster management preparedness. Their attitudes to the plans and drill were largely positive. However, the practices were deficient and work still needs to be done in regard to ongoing training, performance of drills and the frequency of regular updating of the plans. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject diasater preparedness en_US
dc.subject Johannesburg hospital en_US
dc.subject health care workers en_US
dc.title Knowledge, attitudes and practices of health care workers regarding disaster preparedness at Johannesburg hospital in Gauteng Province, South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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