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A decision process for determining whether to conduct responder health research following large disasters.
Decker-JA; Keifer-M; Reissman-DB; Funk-R; Halpin-J; Bernard-B; Ehrenberg-RL; Schuler-CR; Whelan-E; Myers-K; Howard-J
Am J Disaster Med 2013 Jan/Mar; 8(1):25-33
Disasters often set the stage for scientific inquiry within the fieid of occupational safety and health. This is especially true when the long-term consequences of exposures associated with a particular disaster are unclear. However, a responder research study can be costly and difficult to design, and researchers must consider whether the proposed study will produce useful, reliable results and is a prudent public health investment. The decision process can be segregated into various components, including scientific rationale that should be formally recognized as critical to efficiently and effectively determine whether a research study is warranted. The scientific rationale includes certain controlling or "gatekeeper" factors that should be present to proceed with research.
Disaster-planning; Rescue-workers; Rescue-measures; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Public-health; Surveillance-programs; Health-hazards; Health-protection; Monitoring-systems; Author Keywords: disaster research; responder research; postdisaster research; surveillance; health monitoring
Issue of Publication
WSO; DSHEFS; DRDS
American Journal of Disaster Medicine
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Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division