Table 1

Descriptive Characteristics of Participating Health Departments

Region

Size of Population*

Agent Tested

Length in Hours

Facilitator Involvement**

Number of Participants


Midwest

medium

novel

8.0

moderate

22

Midwest

large

pandemic flu

6.0

active

21

Midwest

medium

smallpox

3.0

moderate

17

Northeast

large

smallpox

2.0

limited

5

Northeast

medium

plague

3.0

limited

20

Northeast

medium

smallpox

3.0

active

8

Northeast

medium

anthrax

3.5

active

8

Northeast

small

smallpox

3.0

limited

12

South

medium

smallpox

5.0

moderate

12

South

medium

pandemic flu

6.0

moderate

23

South

medium

pandemic flu

6.0

active

44

South

medium

smallpox

3.0

moderate

15

South

medium

smallpox

5.0

limited

14

South

medium

botulism

6.0

moderate

23

South

medium

botulism

5.0

moderate

13

South

large

botulism

2.0

moderate

18

South

small

pandemic flu

5.0

active

16

South

small

novel

8.0

moderate

20

South

large

plague

3.0

limited

13

South

small

novel

8.0

moderate

11

South

small

botulism

5.0

limited

26

South

large

smallpox

8.0

moderate

15

West

medium

smallpox

4.0

active

15

West

medium

smallpox

4.0

active

16

West

small

smallpox

4.0

active

15

West

medium

smallpox

4.0

active

17

West

medium

smallpox

4.0

active

15

West

large

smallpox

4.0

active

11

West

large

smallpox

4.0

active

23

West

medium

plague

3.0

limited

11

West

large

smallpox

4.0

active

14


*< 100,000 = small, 100,000–1,000,000 = medium, > 1,000,000 = large;

**Mild involvement-most of exercises was role played by participants, with very little intervention or direction from facilitators; Moderate involvement-most of exercises was role played or issue discussion, with the facilitator inserting additional probes and ensuring the discussion stayed on track; Active-most of the exercise was more discussion based, with facilitator asking questions or identifying issues that were subsequently discussed.

Dausey et al. BMC Public Health 2007 7:92   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-7-92

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