Table 2

Reported response frequencies per item addressing ethical issues

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Total

Refused


2a) Saving as many lives as possible, in Canada

483(97%)

7(1%)

10(2%)

500

1


2b) Saving as many lives as possible, globally

474(95%)

12(2%)

13(3%)

499

2


2c) Maintaining social order

447(90%)

34(7%)

16(3%)

497

4


2d) Protecting human rights

413(81%)

41(8%)

53(10%)

498

3


2e) Preventing economic decline

392(79%)

63(13%)

43(9%)

498

3



Saving as many lives as possible, in Canada

Saving as many lives as possible, globally

Maintain social order

Protect human rights

Prevent economic decline



3) If one purpose for the Canadian Pandemic flu plan what would it be?

205(41%)

249(50%)

19(4%)

16(3%)

7(1.3%)


Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Total

Refused


4) Health care workers should report to work and face all risks when caring for patients during a flu pandemic, providing precautions are taken to protect their safety

234(90%)

14(5%)

12(5%)

260

1


5) Health care workers who do not report to work during a pandemic should face loss of employment or loss of professional license

123(48%)

38(15%)

97(38%)

258

3


6) Health care workers who must care for young children or elderly relatives should not be expected to work during a pandemic

146(57%)

33(13%)

76(30%)

255

6


7) Governments should reserve the right to conscript health care workers during a pandemic

123(47%)

25(10%)

112(43%)

260

1


8) If a health care worker has a serious health condition that can increase their risk, they should not have to come to work during a pandemic

233(89%)

6(2%)

22(9%)

261


9) Governments should provide disability insurance and death benefits at no charge for health care workers at risk during a pandemic flu crisis

221(85%)

17(7%)

23(9%)

261


10) If a health care worker does not feel safe at work, he or she should be able to file a grievance without fear of consequences

218(84%)

21(8%)

22(8%)

261


11) It is reasonable for government to have the power to order quarantine during a pandemic flu outbreak and to suspend other rights, like the right to assemble or travel without restriction

222(85%)

23(9%)

15(6%)

260

1


12) People who do not agree with their quarantine order should be able to ask government officials to review the quarantine order and end it

162(63%)

21(8%)

76(29%)

259

2


14) The government should ensure that people in quarantine have their basic needs met, like food, shelter, and social support

246(95%)

7(2.5%)

7(2.5%)

260

1


15) After the quarantine is over, the government should provide support services, like counseling, for people who were in quarantine

206(79%)

27(10%)

28(11%)

261


16) If successful, the pandemic flu vaccine should be made freely available to every Canadian resident, including adults and children.

227(95%)

8(3%)

5(2%)

240


17) There should be adequate amounts of antiviral medications provided to every Canadian

221(92%)

9(4%)

10(4%)

240


22) Wealthy countries like Canada should provide international assistance to help poorer countries prepare for a pandemic, even if that reduces the resources available to Canadians

167(70%)

28(12%)

45(18%)

240


24) Countries should have the right to close their orders to travelers coming from areas where outbreaks have occurred, even when the travelers are the own citizens.

179(75%)

22(10%)

39(15%)

240


25) International authorities should advise against travel to outbreak areas to stop a pandemic from spreading, even when this results in serious economic losses

234(99%)

6(1%)

0(0%)

240


27) Because during a pandemic, key personnel, like first responders, may be overwhelmed by the catastrophe, a plan should be developed to enable members of the public to play a role in maintaining order and offering services in some cases with proper training.

489(98%)

5(1%)

5(1%)

499

2


28a) How would you like risks to be communicated to you - By radio?

451(90%)

18(4%)

32(6%)

501


28b) During a pandemic, it will be likely to communicate important health risks to the public. How would you like risks to be communicated to you - By TV?

486(97%)

11(2%)

4(1%)

501


28c). How would you like risks to be communicated to you - By internet?

408(81%)

43(9%)

50(10%)

501


28d) How would you like risks to be communicated to you - By telephone?

347(69%)

65(13%)

89(18%)

501


29) What risks would you like information about - Where the epidemic is most active?

487(98%)

7(1%)

5(1%)

499

2


30). What risks would you like information about - Risk of death

347(69%)

70(14%)

83(17%)

500

1


31) What risks would you like information about - Risk of infection

390(78%)

50(10%)

60(12%)

500

1



Parking in a no parking zone

Speeding on a busy street

Physical assault

Man-slaughter


32) Disobeying a quarantine order is most like which of the four following alternatives?

16 (6%)

47 (17%)

72 (27%)

131 (50%)


Ritvo et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:125   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-125

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