Level of willingness to report to work during a pandemic among the emergency department health care professionals

Authors

  • Anas Khan Emergency Medicine Consultant, Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh-11461
  • Mohammad Al Johani Emergency Medicine Consultant, Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh-11461

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/ajms.v5i3.9343

Keywords:

Ability, Willingness, Emergency, Disaster, Health care providers, Report to work

Abstract

Objectives: To quantify the knowledge and attitudes of Health care providers (HCP) towards their willingness to work during an influenza pandemic.

Methods: A Questionnaire based cross sectional study among the 350 emergency departments’ staff in seven different tertiary hospitals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was conducted in Jan 2010. A structured questionnaire with items to quantify the knowledge and attitudes of health care providers based on hypothetical scenario about the occurrence of H1N1 pandemic was developed. The questionnaire was validated before it was distributed among the study subjects. Data was analyzed using SPSS Pc+ 21.0 statistical software.

Results: Out of the 254 responders, 190 (74.8%) stated that they will report to work during a pandemic, 29 (11.4%) won’t, and 35 (13.7%) don’t know. From those who won’t report or don’t know; 29 (45.31%) won’t change their minds for salary increase, and 40 (62.5%) won’t change their mind even if it meant they were to be dismissed. About 93 (36.4%) of study subjects were of the opinion that, HCP without children should primarily look after the patients. Among the HCPs, higher number of consultants and nurses were more willing to work than other HCPs. The consultants were having positive attitudes towards working during pandemics.

Conclusion: Our results suggested that most participants were having positive attitudes towards willingness to work during an influenza pandemic. Their concerns should be considered, so that during a real situation faced, plans could be translated to reality smoothly.

Asian Journal of Medical Science, Volume-5(3) 2014: 58-62

http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/ajms.v5i3.9343

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Published

2014-02-26

How to Cite

Khan, A., & Al Johani, M. (2014). Level of willingness to report to work during a pandemic among the emergency department health care professionals. Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, 5(3), 58–62. https://doi.org/10.3126/ajms.v5i3.9343

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