A studyto determine the capabilities of rural hospitals in Sichuan Province to respond to the pandemic.

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Shuli Ma , Kosheila A/P Ramuni, Hemapriyaa A, P Vijayan


The area of public health emergency preparation is still developing even though it has been reacting to crises for a long time. The advancement in public health preparation is frequently stagnant due to a lack of consensus on the issue and agreed-upon criteria for disaster response and readiness. In light of the existing literature, we can deduce "that it's difficult to make such improvements due to a lack of ability to objectively measure public health emergency preparedness (PHEP). This is due primarily to a lack of consensus on the definition and key elements of public health emergency preparedness".

It is the goal of this study to establish a technique for assessing public health readiness and to use that information to motivate action. This study aimed to establish and evaluate a complete assessment methodology and to create "and test a standardized index to quantify hospital PHEP" in order to generate reliable and valid preparation measures. This study utilized a mix of qualitative and quantitative techniques. The qualitative research involves a thorough literature analysis, in-depth interviews with important experts, and a modified Delphi technique to transition to an accepted framework. As a consequence of the qualitative research, an evaluation instrument (questionnaire) was designed and used in "a cross-sectional survey of hospitals in Sichuan Province, China" for the quantitative study.

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