Journal article

Knowledge, attitudes and practices of healthcare workers within an Australian tertiary hospital to managing high-consequence infectious diseases

Jesse J Fryk, Steven Tong, Caroline Marshall, Arjun Rajkhowa, Kirsty Buising, Christopher MacIsaac, Nicola Walsham, Irani Thevarajan

INFECTION DISEASE & HEALTH | ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Adequate preparation and support for healthcare workers (HCWs) managing high-consequence infectious diseases (HCIDs) is critical to the overall clinical management of HCIDs. Qualitative studies examining how well prepared and supported HCWs feel are lacking despite their key role. This study investigated how prepared and supported front-line HCWs at an Australian tertiary hospital felt about managing HCIDs such as viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF). METHODS: A qualitative research approach was used to undertake interviews with 45 Royal Melbourne Hospital medical and nursing staff from emergency, intensive care and infectious diseases. Interview questions captured data on HCWs' role, ..

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