The National Health Security Strategy calls for a systematic quality improvement efforts to improving health security.
The response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic provides an opportunity to learn about the public health system's emergency response capabilities and to identify ways to improve preparedness for future events.
The after action report/improvement plan (AAR/IP) can be useful for both accountability and quality improvement, but these objectives require different foci and methodological approaches.
Federal support for health security research is heavily weighted toward preparing for bioterrorism and other biological threats, providing significantly less funding for challenges such as monster storms or attacks with conventional bombs.
We sought to evaluate longitudinal trends in people's risk perceptions and vaccination intentions during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
A majority of HCP support influenza vaccination requirements. Moreover, providing HCP with information about the safety of influenza vaccination and communicating that immunization of HCP is a patient safety issue may be important for generating staff support for influenza vaccination requirements.
Cooperation among the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance countries improved their response to the 2009 H1N1 virus in areas previously considered problematic.
Communication between healthcare providers and adults about influenza vaccination was relatively uncommon during the 2009-2010 pandemic. Increased communication could significantly enhance influenza vaccination rates.
Making influenza vaccination available to healthcare personnel at work could increase uptake and highlight the need to reach beyond hospitals in promoting vaccination among these workers.
This article describes findings from a group of experts assembled to help improve the science of patient safety..
More research is needed to improve understanding of Americans' reluctance to be vaccinated against the flu to better prepare the nation for a future pandemic flu outbreak.
A RAND team designed a web-based support tool using clinical algorithms to help minimally trained health care workers and laypeople make informed decisions about care-seeking for influenza-like illness.
Information campaigns made more adults concerned about a pandemic, but didn't reassure them sufficiently about H1N1 vaccine safety and effectiveness that they got the vaccine.
On Sunday, 26 April 2009, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in response to the outbreak of H1N1 influenza (known as swine flu) in the United States. Through an analysis of state and local health department Web sites, we determined whether departments were able to provide online information to their constituents within twenty-four hours of the declaration. The overwhelming majority of state health departments, and more than half of health departments participating in the Cities Readiness Initiative--but only a quarter of smaller, local health departments--were successful in doing so.