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Open Access Research article

Need for continual education about disaster medicine for health professionals in China-a pilot study

Bo Huang1, Jing Li2, Yunkai Li1, Weidong Zhang3*, Futang Pan4 and Shujun Miao5

Author Affiliations

1 Unit of Orthopedics, Jinan Fourth People's Hospital, Jinan, 250033, China

2 Unit of Anesthesiology, Jinan Fourth People's Hospital, Jinan, 250033, China

3 Office for Disease Control and Emergency Response, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, 102206, China

4 Institute of Dermatology, Shandong Medical Science Academy, Jinan, 250022, China

5 Ninghe Chinese Medicine Hospital, Ninghe County, Tianjin, 301500, China

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BMC Public Health 2011, 11:89  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-89

Published: 9 February 2011



Disaster Medicine training is not included in medical education curriculum in China, even though the country has suffered various disasters annually. We intended to assess the need for continual education regarding disaster management for health professionals in China.


A survey was conducted among 324 health professionals who participated in the response to the Wenchuan earthquake medical relief and public health assessment in October, 2008.


The most of participants (67.3%) received informal disaster medicine training, and only a few (12.7%) participated in disaster drills. Most of the participants wanted to get continual education about disaster medicine training (89.8%), but prefer on-line training course for the flexibility of time scheduling and travel through China.


The need for continual disaster medicine training is high; health professionals should be equipped with knowledge and skills for disaster management.