This was a survey conducted to compare the family physician members of the AAFP National Research Network with U.S. family physicians in general, while examining and promoting the health care system's readiness for a bioterrorist event and other public health emergencies through the development of new evidence, tools, and models.
With this study we aimed to:
This project was conducted from October of 2000 through September of 2001.
This project is currently closed. Please see below for key findings, presentations, and publications from this study.
For additional information about this study, please contact:
AAFP National Research Network
Poster presentation, APHA 130th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Nov 11, 2002.
Frederick M. Chen, MD, John Hickner, MD, Kenneth S. Fink, MD, James Galliher, PhD, Helen Burstin, MD. “On the front lines: Family physicians’ preparedness for bioterrorism."
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: PBRN Grantee Meeting, January 14, 2003.
James M. Galliher, PhD, Clark B. Hanmer, MD, John Hickner, MD, MS, Thomas V. Stewart, Herbert F. Young, MD, MA. "Investigating the Representativeness of PBRNs: Physician Preparedness for Bioterrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies."
Only one quarter of family physicians felt prepared to respond to a bioterrorist event. However, training in bioterrorism preparedness was significantly associated with physicians’ perceived ability to respond effectively to an attack. Primary care physicians need more training in bioterrorism preparedness and easy access to public health and medical information in the event of a bioterrorist attack.
Access the complete manuscript:
On the front lines: Family physicians' preparedness for bioterrorism(6 page PDF). Chen FM, Hickner J, Fink KS, et al. J Fam Pract 2002;51:745-749.
This study was funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
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Bioterrorism Preparedness of Family Physicians