The purpose of this case study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators of preparing for and responding to incidents. Stakeholder and protection motivation theories provided the theoretical framework for the study. The nonprobability sampling technique of purposive sample was used to identify 10 hospital preparedness coordinators employed at acute care hospitals with emergency departments located in Connecticut and Massachusetts. A field-tested researcher developed 20-question interview questionnaire guided data collection. This qualitative case study answers the questions: What are hospital emergency preparedness coordinators perspectives of hospital preparedness? How do hospital emergency preparedness coordinators prepare for a hospital incident? How do hospital emergency preparedness coordinators respond to a hospital incident? What factors do hospital emergency preparedness coordinators believe best prepares a hospital for incidents? Ranked in order of replication, the researcher identified three themes using first and second cycle coding techniques with pattern coding: (a) planning, (b) training, and (c) communication. Control and motivation emerged as subthemes. Results of the study provide detail rich data for hospital emergency preparedness coordinators, and provide insight and information for stakeholders from all types of private and public organizations to improve hospital emergency preparedness programs.
|Commitee:||Kerwood, Scott, Ojo, David|
|Department:||Public Service Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Occupational health, Public health, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Case study, Disasters, Emergency management, Emergency preparedness, Healthcare, Hospitals|
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