The Open Epidemiology Journal




ISSN: 1874-2971 ― Volume 8, 2019

Relationship Between Sources of Information and the Willingness of Healthcare Workers to Risk their Lives for a Patient During the Peak of A/H1N1 Pandemic in Israel§


The Open Epidemiology Journal, 2010, 3: 53-57

Yaron Bar-Dayan, Sarit Natan Manor, Noga Boldor, Inbar Kremer, Maya Iohan Barak, Yosefa Bar-Dayan

Department of Management, Bar Ilan University, Israel.

Electronic publication date 9/12/2010
[DOI: 10.2174/1874297101003010053]

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Background: The willingness of healthcare workers to risk their lives for a patient if a fatal transformation of the virus would occur is a major concern, especially during a pandemic where the need for adequate staffing is crucial and where the public atmosphere might increase anxiety and fear of exposure.

Objective: To examine the relationships between the source of information about the disease and the willingness of healthcare workers to risk their lives for a patient with a fatal A/H1N1 flu, during the winter A/H1N1 pandemic in Israel.

Methods: A questionnaire was distributed to healthcare workers in 21 hospitals and 40 primary clinics in Israel between November 26, 2009 and December 10, 2009 (the peak of the winter A/H1N1 flu outbreak).

Results: The questionnaire was completed by 1147 healthcare workers. The most common source of information reported was television (65%), followed by speaking with colleagues and reading the Ministry of Health regulations (63%) each, internet (61%), and newspapers (51%). The least common sources of information were reading a scientific article (35%) and attending a professional lecture (31%). Willingness to risk one’s life was significantly higher in healthcare workers who reported that their source of information about the disease was reading a scientific article, Ministry of Health regulations, a professional lecture, or a colleague. Willingness was not significantly different among health care workers who reported that their source of information about the disease was television programs, a newspaper article, or general internet sites.

Conclusions: Willingness to risk one’s life for a patient is directly related to professional sources of information and is not related to nonprofessional information obtained from mass media.


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