Examining the knowledge of and attitudes to pandemic influenza among general practice staff

Holly Seale, Kirsten F. Ward, Nick Zwar, Debbie Van, Julie Leask, C. Raina MacIntyre

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Objective: To assess the views, needs and intended behaviour of general practitioners and practice nurses (PNs) regarding pandemic influenza. Design, setting and participants: A postal survey of GPs and PNs in four Divisions of General Practice in New South Wales, selected to represent a diverse sample of practices from inner-city, semi-urban and rural areas. The study was undertaken from 1 February to 1 April 2009. Main outcome measures: GPs' and PNs' responses to survey statements assessing their awareness and perceived personal risk, intended behaviour in the event of a pandemic, and expectations surrounding antivirals, vaccine and personal and family protection. Results: Of 390 general practice staff who were sent the survey, 139 (36%) completed it. Most respondents felt confident that they possessed the necessary knowledge (71.5%, 98/137) and skills (73.7%, 101/137) to provide patient care during an influenza pandemic. Although 38.7% (53/137) stated that they would visit quarantined symptomatic patients, 41.6% (57/137) were unsure. More than half the respondents (53.2%, 74/139) stated that they would require access to vaccination and antivirals for their family as well as themselves before they would attend symptomatic patients at the general practice. Conclusion: These findings provide evidence of the need to ensure that general practice staff have access to personal and family protection to encourage an adequate response to a pandemic situation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-380
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume192
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Pandemics
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Human Influenza
Nurses
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New South Wales
General Practitioners
Patient Care
Vaccination
Vaccines
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Surveys and Questionnaires

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Seale, H., Ward, K. F., Zwar, N., Van, D., Leask, J., & MacIntyre, C. R. (2010). Examining the knowledge of and attitudes to pandemic influenza among general practice staff. Medical Journal of Australia, 192(7), 378-380.
Seale, Holly ; Ward, Kirsten F. ; Zwar, Nick ; Van, Debbie ; Leask, Julie ; MacIntyre, C. Raina. / Examining the knowledge of and attitudes to pandemic influenza among general practice staff. In: Medical Journal of Australia. 2010 ; Vol. 192, No. 7. pp. 378-380.
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Seale, H, Ward, KF, Zwar, N, Van, D, Leask, J & MacIntyre, CR 2010, 'Examining the knowledge of and attitudes to pandemic influenza among general practice staff' Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 192, no. 7, pp. 378-380.

Examining the knowledge of and attitudes to pandemic influenza among general practice staff. / Seale, Holly; Ward, Kirsten F.; Zwar, Nick; Van, Debbie; Leask, Julie; MacIntyre, C. Raina.

In: Medical Journal of Australia, Vol. 192, No. 7, 05.04.2010, p. 378-380.

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