Would Australian general practice be the first point of contact during an anthrax bioterrorism event?

Durrheim, David N., Muller, Reinhold, Saunders, Vicki L., Speare, Richard, and Lowe, John (2006) Would Australian general practice be the first point of contact during an anthrax bioterrorism event? Australian Family Physician, 35. pp. 172-174.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Anthrax bioterrorism is a new threat to Australians. How they would respond to an anthrax bioterrorism event is unknown.

METHOD: A national telephone survey of Australian adults.

RESULTS: We successfully interviewed 1001 Australian adults (response rate 63%). The threat of anthrax bioterrorism was of medium to high concern to 57% of survey participants. In the event of an anthrax bioterrorism event, the first point of care would be GPs for 60% of survey participants, and 71% were confident in their doctor’s ability to recognise anthrax. Most would accept vaccination if anthrax bioterrorism cases were reported locally, or even elsewhere in Australia.

DISCUSSION: Australian GPs should be included in any bioterrorism planning to respond to such threats.

Item ID: 4132
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Bioterrorism; anthrax; Australia; survey
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Copyright to Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: www.afp.org.au

ISSN: 0300-8495
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2009 04:15
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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