Comparison of the expectations of residents and rescue providers of community emergency medical response after mudslide disasters

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Abstract

The integration of community resources is critical for emergency response. A thorough understanding of a community's requirements in advance is essential. This study examines communities that suffered mudslide disasters, and discusses expectations of the emergency medical response provided to the community from the perspectives of residents and rescue groups. The questionnaire used in the study was designed to adopt the Likert Scale for quantification purposes. Its content was divided into six categories based on emergency response. Both residents and rescue providers acknowledged that finance and reimbursement were the highest priority. Public information was regarded as the least important by both groups. Significant differences existed between the groups on patient care activities and supportive activities (P = 0.02 and 0.03, respectively), which were more appreciated by residents. We conclude that residents had higher expectations of evacuation, temporary relocation, lodging, food, and sanitary management than the rescue groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-416
Number of pages12
JournalDisasters
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

Keywords

  • Community
  • Disaster
  • Emergency response
  • Mudslide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development

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