Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Terrorism Preparedness Programs: A Pilot Focus Group Study
Molgaard, Craig A.
Fredrickson, Doren D.
Grube, Carole D.
Skalacki, Marta K.
Cook, David J.
Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
Scholarly/refereed, publisher version
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Many terrorism preparedness trainings occur throughout the United States, yet few qualitatively examine trainees' needs and interests, reactions to training, or suggestions for training improvement. Eleven posttraining focus groups were conducted with 31 training participants at six sites. Participants were stratified by health profession discipline, and discipline-specific moderators conducted each session to better understand and probe for feedback. One additional moderator attended all sessions to increase consistency in methods across sessions. Focus group participants assessed changes in their perceptions, knowledge, and beliefs about terrorism preparedness. Participants reported perceiving terrorism as a potential threat but less likely than natural disasters. All-hazards crossover training for responding to terrorism and natural disasters was requested. The training was viewed positively, including the enrollment process, training content, and reference materials. Participants reported increased confidence in abilities to recognize a terrorist event. Participants stated they would like the training repeated annually with more first responders in attendance. Participants from rural areas had unique training needs based on limited resources and multiple roles of staff. While most participants wanted a longer, multispecialty conference with in-depth, discipline-specific breakout sessions, physicians requested shorter, separate training. Multispecialty training methods were successful and appreciated. This pilot study may serve as a template for qualitative evaluation of terrorism preparedness conferences for health professionals.
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Ablah, Elizabeth et al. (2006). "Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Terrorism Preparedness Programs: A Pilot Focus Group Study." Journal of Allied Health, 35(4):189-197.
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