Since September 11, 2001, policymakers have struggled to improve the nation's ability to prepare and respond to natural and manmade disasters. While there is broad consensus that readiness levels are not where they need to be, there is little agreement on how best to improve and measure disaster preparedness levels. This literature review examines several of the challenges faced in disaster preparedness planning and assessment, including funding issues, training time, and administrative burdens. The paper compares perceptions of health care administrators, both with and without disaster planning responsibility, regarding their ability to accomplish specific competencies as set forth by the American College of Healthcare Executives. The study results reveal a great deal of variation between those with and without disaster planning responsibility regarding perceived competency levels across all competencies, including a higher perception of skill levels for respondents with disaster planning roles.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
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