Teachers' risk perception and needs in addressing infectious disease outbreak

Wong, Emmy M. Y., Cheng, May M. H. and Lo, S. K. 2010, Teachers' risk perception and needs in addressing infectious disease outbreak, The journal of school nursing, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 398-406.

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Title Teachers' risk perception and needs in addressing infectious disease outbreak
Author(s) Wong, Emmy M. Y.
Cheng, May M. H.
Lo, S. K.
Journal name The journal of school nursing
Volume number 26
Issue number 5
Start page 398
End page 406
Total pages 9
Publisher Sage Publications Inc
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2010-10
ISSN 1059-8405
1546-8364
Keyword(s) risk perception
infectious disease
infection control
health education
school health
Summary The outbreak of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus has led to numerous precautionary school closures in several countries. No research is available on the school teachers’ perceptions as a health protective resource in controlling communicable disease outbreaks. The purposes of this study were to examine the risk perception, the perceived understanding of preventive measures and contingency plans, and the needs of school teachers before the imminent outbreak of H1N1. This survey was conducted with 1,169 Hong Kong school teachers before school closures due to the H1N1 outbreak. The results showed that the teachers were well aware of H1N1 but were still worried about the spread of H1N1 infection. The teachers’ worries depended on their psychological reaction, the adequacy of the control measures, government support in providing infectious disease knowledge, perceived understanding of preventive measures and contingency plans, students and parents’ awareness, and the need for support from health professionals.
Notes First published on June 18, 2010
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010 The Author(s)
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