Table 2

Knowledge and perceptions of pandemic influenza by HCW category

HCW category

Total, (%)


Medical

(n = 281)

Nursing

(n = 512)

Allied

(n = 165)

Ancillary

(n = 121)

Overall

(N = 1079)


What is pandemic influenza?

Yearly cases of the 'Flu'

2 (0.70)

12 (2.30)

3 (1.80)

11 (9.10)

28 (2.60)

A large outbreak in a given country/area

97 (34.5)

297 (58.0)

102 (62.6)

63 (52.1)

559 (51.8)

Influenza affecting birds

2 (0.70)

1 (0.20)

0

0

3 (0.30)

A disease which affects people in Asia

0

0

1 (0.60)

0

1 (0.10)

Global outbreak of a new influenza virus

180 (64.1)

192 (37.5)

54 (35.0)

44 (36.4)

473 (43.8)

Unsure

0

10 (2.00)

0

3 (2.50)

15 (1.40)

How serious would a pandemic be if it occurred?

Not serious

0

2 (0.40)

0

0

2 (0.19)

Somewhat

33(11.7)

67 (13.1)

35 (21.5)

21 (17.4)

156 (14.5)

Very serious

244 (86.8)

413 (80.7)

125 (76.7)

91 (75.2)

873 (80.9)

Unsure

3 (1.10)

16 (3.10)

3 (1.80)

5 (4.10)

29 (2.69)

Not specified

1 (0.40)

14 (2.70)

0

4 (3.30)

19 (1.76)

Is your ward/department prepared?

Yes

44 (15.7)

114 (22.3)

50 (30.7)

60 (49.6)

268 (24.8)

No

218 (77.6)

353 (68.9)

103 (63.2)

54 (44.6)

728 (67.5)

Not specified

19 (6.80)

45 (8.80)

10 (6.10)

7 (5.80)

83 (7.70)


Seale et al. BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:30   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-9-30

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