Education of bioterrorism preparedness and response in healthcare- associated colleges - Current status and learning objectives development

Hagyung Lee, Byung Chul Chun, Sung Eun Yi, Hyang Soon Oh, Sun Ju Wang, Jang Wook Sohn, Jee Hee Kim

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    Objectives: Bioterrorism (BT) preparedness and response plans are particularly important among healthcare workers who will be among the first involved in the outbreak situations. This study was conducted to evaluate the current status of education for BT preparedness and response in healthcare-related colleges/junior colleges and to develop learning objectives for use in their regular curricula. Methods: We surveyed all medical colleges/schools, colleges/junior colleges that train nurses, emergency medical technicians or clinical pathologists and 10% (randomly selected) of them that train general hygienists in Korea. The survey was conducted via mail from March to July of 2007. We surveyed 35 experts to determine if there was a consensus of learning objectives among healthcare workers. Results: Only 31.3% of medical colleges/schools and 13.3% of nursing colleges/junior colleges had education programs that included BT preparedness and responses in their curricula. The most common reason given for the lack of BT educational programs was XThere is not much need for education regarding BT preparedness and response in KoreaY. None of the colleges/junior colleges that train clinical pathologists, or general hygienists had an education program for BT response. After evaluating the expert opinions, we developed individual learning objectives designed specifically for educational institutions. Conclusions: There were only a few colleges/junior colleges that enforce the requirement to provide education for BT preparedness and response in curricula. It is necessary to raise the perception of BT preparedness and response to induce the schools to provide such programs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)225-231
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jul


    • Bioterrorism
    • Competencybased education
    • Emergency preparedness
    • Medical education
    • Nursing education
    • Undergraduate

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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