Teachers' risk perception and needs in addressing infectious disease outbreak

Man Yee Emmy WONG, May Hung May CHENG, Sing Kai LO

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Abstract

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. Copyright © 2010 National Association of School Nurses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-406
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

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Disease Outbreaks
Communicable Diseases
H1N1 Subtype Influenza A Virus
Health Resources
Influenza A virus
Hong Kong
Parents
Students
Psychology
Health
Infection
Research
School Teachers

Citation

Wong, E. M. Y., Cheng, M. M. H., & Lo, S. K. (2010). Teachers' risk perception and needs in addressing infectious disease outbreak. Journal of School Nursing, 26(5), 398-406.

Keywords

  • Infection control
  • Health education
  • School health
  • Risk perception
  • Infectious disease