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Nakhaei M, Khankeh H R, Masoumi G, Hosseini M A, Parsa-Yekta Z. Health Management in Disasters in Iran: A Qualitative Study. HDQ. 2015; 1 (1) :33-42
URL: http://hdq.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-78-en.html
1- Birjand Health Qualitative Research Center, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran.
2- Department of health in emergencies and disasters, University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
3- Emergency Medicine Department, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
4- Nursing Department, University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
5- Nursing Faculty, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Abstract:   (5185 Views)

Background:  Disaster  management  relies  on  the  prediction  of  problems  and  providing necessary preparations at the right time and place. In this study, researchers intended to explore previous experiences of health disaster management.

Materials and Methods: This study conducted using qualitative content analysis method. Participants  were  selected  purposefully  and  data  were  collected  through  interviews, observation, and relevant documents.

Results: Transcribed data from 18 interviews, field notes, and other documents were analyzed. In data analysis, “reactive management” was emerged as the main theme. It included some categories such as “exposure shock,” “nondeliberative relief,” “lack of comprehensive health disaster plan,” “lack of preparedness,” and “poor coordination in health service delivery” as well as contextual factors.

Conclusion: The results clarified deep perception of participants’ experiences about health management in disasters. The professionals and nonprofessionals’ emotion-based reactions and behaviors, if accompanied with deficiencies in planning and preparedness, can lead to ineffective services and aggravate the damages

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2015/05/3 | Accepted: 2015/07/30 | Published: 2015/10/1

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