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Fighting the Flu: Developing Sustained Community Resilience and Preparedness


Paton, D and Parkes, B and Daly, M and Smith, LM, Fighting the Flu: Developing Sustained Community Resilience and Preparedness, Health Promotion Practice, 9, (4 Suppl) pp. 45S-53S. ISSN 1524-8399 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1524839908319088


A pandemic will impose considerable demands on communities over a period of several weeks; thus, people must develop means to facilitate their resilience in such an event. This article describes the development and testing of a model to inform public education strategies to facilitate the sustained adoption of the preparedness and protective measures that underpin community resilience. The model is derived from the premise that decisions to act reflect how people interpret information to make it meaningful to them. The model describes how this outcome reflects the interaction among personal beliefs about preparing, community characteristics influencing how risk beliefs and risk management strategies are developed, and the relationship between the community and health information sources. It highlights a need to distinguish those who decide not to prepare from those who accept a need to prepare but need guidance. Implications for developing pandemic public education and risk communication programs are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pandemic preparedness community resilience public education community engagement
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
ID Code:54507
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2009-02-24
Last Modified:2015-03-05

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