Disaster planning: Using an 'evolving scenario' approach for pandemic influenza with primary care doctors in training

John Pitts*, Marion Lynch, Michael Mulholland, Anthony Curtis, John Simpson, Janet Meacham

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Abstract

This project adopted an 'evolving scenario' approach of an influenza pandemic to enhance factual and attitudinal learning in general practice registrars. The one-day session, held before the current outbreak, was based around a sequence of four video clips that portrayed the development and evolution of pandemic influenza through news flashes and pieces to camera. A short factual presentation was included. Small group discussions with plenary feedback followed each of these. Registrars were encouraged to consider their own feelings, what they needed as professional support at each stage, and what professional and personal issues a pandemic produced. A course structured in this way allowed participants at a training level to identify the major issues and consequences of an influenza pandemic. It was recognised that constructive preparation and planning for business continuity were possible. However, family illness and social consequences were recognised as causing a dissonance with professional practice that needs open debate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-352
Number of pages7
JournalEducation for Primary Care
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Disaster planning
  • Evolving scenario
  • GP training
  • Pandemic

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