Table 2

Associations between attitudes/beliefs and self-reported willingness to respond (WTR) to a pandemic flu emergency

WTR if required

WTR if asked, but not required

% Agreea

OR (95%CI)b

OR (95%CI)


Attitudes and belief statements

Perceived likelihood of occurrence in this region

48.9

1.60

1.25

(1.27 - 2.00)

(1.03 - 1.51)

Perceived severe health consequences likely

83.0

3.06

1.90

(2.37 - 3.96)

(1.50 - 2.40)

Perceived likelihood of being asked to report to duty

65.5

4.57

2.98

(3.59 - 5.82)

(2.44 - 3.64)

Perceived likelihood that colleagues will report

62.1

9.41

8.48

(7.09 - 12.49)

(6.79 - 10.60)

Perceived knowledge about the public health impact

63.8

3.00

2.30

(2.39 - 3.78)

(1.89 - 2.78)

Perceived awareness of role-specific responsibilities

42.4

2.64

2.22

(2.01 - 3.45)

(1.80 - 2.75)

Perceived skills for role-specific responsibilities

63.1

5.33

3.50

(4.14 - 6.86)

(2.86 - 4.28)

Psychologically prepared

66.7

9.51

5.95

(7.25 - 12.48)

(4.83 - 7.34)

Perceived ability to safely get to work

72.2

10.62

6.72

(8.17 - 13.80)

(5.43 - 8.32)

Confidence in personal safety at work

56.7

7.44

6.54

(5.62 - 9.84)

(5.25 - 8.15)

Perceived ability to perform duties (Self Efficacy)

73.4

12.50

7.97

(9.59 - 16.28)

(6.40 - 9.92)

Perceived that family is prepared to function in absence

59.2

8.64

5.41

(6.53 - 11.43)

(4.40 - 6.66)

Self-reported willingness to perform duties if additional hours are required

75.5

17.46

13.64

(13.23 - 23.04)

(10.79 - 17.25)

Hospital's perceived ability to provide timely information

72.6

5.29

4.41

(4.15 - 6.75)

(3.58 - 5.45)

Perceived ability to address public questions

53.6

4.84

3.88

(3.70 - 6.33)

(3.15 - 4.78)

Perceived importance of one's role in the agency's overall response

55.2

4.46

3.06

(3.45 - 5.76)

(2.50 - 3.73)

Perceived need for pre-event preparation and training

88.3

5.44

3.89

(4.09 - 7.24)

(2.96 - 5.12)

Perceived need for during/post-event psychological support

59.0

1.66

1.32

(1.33 - 2.08)

(1.09 - 1.60)

Perceived high impact of one's response (Response Efficacy)

72.5

5.89

3.64

(4.61 - 7.52)

(2.96 - 4.48)


a Percent agreeing with WTR statement (positive response)

b OR is the odds ratio provided in the logistic regression which compares the odds between a positive WTR response and a negative WTR response with respect to the positive statement response compared to the negative statement response, adjusted for key demographic characteristics: gender, age, hours/week worked, highest education level completed and children/marital status

Balicer et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:436   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-436

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