Health Workers Hesitant to Work During Outbreaks
October 22, 2014
The Blaze — Ebola might not be considered an outbreak in the United States. However, with hospitals around the country preparing in case the deadly disease enters their town, it begs the question: If there were a risky, infectious disease flare-up of any kind, would healthcare employees still show up to work?
Research conducted by Johns Hopkins in cooperation with BGU, not only revealed the extent to which health workers might be willing to risk their lives, but also what can be done to improve the likelihood that they’ll be there to help in the event of a pandemic or other dangerous health situation.
In the 2010 study, all hospital departments reviewed saw some employees show an unwillingness to work in a pandemic situation.
But nurses, it found, were even less likely than doctors to want to come in to work. Those who said they would be hesitant to work additional hours were also 17 times less likely to respond during a health crisis.