Measuring Crisis Decision Making for Public Health Emergencies – RAND – August 2009

Posted on August 28, 2009. Filed under: Disaster Management, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Measuring Crisis Decision Making for Public Health Emergencies
By: Andrew M. Parker, Christopher Nelson, Shoshana R. Shelton, David J. Dausey, Matthew W. Lewis, Amanda Pomeroy, Kristin J. Leuschner
RAND Corporation August 2009  Pages: 74   Document Number: TR-712-DHHS

“Public health emergencies often involve making difficult decisions, including when to notify the public of threats, when to close schools or suspend public events, when to dispense medication, and how to allocate scarce resources. Yet, public health practitioners often have little experience or training in crisis decision making and can be uncomfortable with the need to make decisions based on often-incomplete information and short time lines. Unfortunately, there are no established tools for identifying, measuring, and improving public health crisis decision making.

This technical report describes the development and first generation of a tool to measure key aspects of crisis decision making in public health emergencies, based on performance in exercises (e.g., tabletops, functional exercises, full-scale exercises) and real incidents (e.g., outbreaks of waterborne disease). ”

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