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<Article>
<Journal>
<PublisherName>Trauma Research Center</PublisherName>
<JournalTitle>Bulletin of Emergency And Trauma</JournalTitle>
<Issn>2322-2522</Issn>
<Volume>6</Volume>
<Issue>2 APR</Issue>
<PubDate>
<Year>2018</Year>
<Month>03</Month>
<Day>26</Day>
</PubDate>
</Journal>
<ArticleTitle>A Questionnaire Study on the Attitudes and Previous Experience of Croatian Family Physicians toward their Preparedness for Disaster Management</ArticleTitle>
<FirstPage>162</FirstPage>
<LastPage>168</LastPage>
<Language>ENGLISH</Language>
<AuthorList>
<Author>
<FirstName>Tanja</FirstName>
<LastName>Pekez-Pavlisko</LastName>
<Affiliation>Family Medicine Clinic”Tanja Pekez-Pavlisko. tashamed@gmail.com</Affiliation>
</Author>
<Author>
<FirstName>Maja</FirstName>
<LastName>Racic</LastName>
</Author>
<Author>
<FirstName>Drinka</FirstName>
<LastName>Jurišić</LastName>
</Author>
</AuthorList>
<History>
<PubDate>
<Year>2017</Year>
<Month>12</Month>
<Day>04</Day>
</PubDate>
<PubDate>
<Year>2018</Year>
<Month>01</Month>
<Day>30</Day>
</PubDate>
<PubDate>
<Year>2018</Year>
<Month>02</Month>
<Day>17</Day>
</PubDate>
</History>
<Abstract>Objective: To explore family physicians’ attitudes, previous experience and self-assessed preparedness to respond or to assist in mass casualty incidents in Croatia.Methods: The cross-sectional survey was carried out during January 2017. Study participants were recruited through a Facebook group that brings together family physicians from Croatia. They were asked to complete the questionnaire, which was distributed via google.docs. Knowledge and attitudes toward disaster preparedness were evaluated by 18 questions. Analysis of variance, Student t test and Kruskal-Wallis test t were used for statistical analysis.Results:  Risk awareness of disasters was high among respondents (M = 4.89, SD=0.450). Only 16.4 of respondents have participated in the management of disaster at the scene. The majority (73.8%) of physicians have not been participating in any educational activity dealing with disaster over the past two years. Family physicians believed they are not well prepared to participate in national (M = 3.02, SD=0.856) and local community emergency response system for disaster (M = 3.16, SD=1.119). Male physicians scored higher preparedness to participate in national emergency response system for disaster (p=0.012), to carry out accepted triage principles used in the disaster situation (p=0.003) and recognize differences in health assessments indicating potential exposure to specific agents (p=0,001) compared to their female colleagues.Conclusion: Croatian primary healthcare system attracts many young physicians, who can be an important part of disaster and emergency management. However, the lack of experience despite a high motivation indicates a need for inclusion of disaster medicine training during undergraduate studies and annual educational activities.</Abstract>
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<Object>
<Param>Family physicians</Param>
</Object>
<Object>
<Param>Disaster</Param>
</Object>
<Object>
<Param>Attitude</Param>
</Object>
<Object>
<Param>Mass casualty</Param>
</Object>
<Object>
<Param>Knowledge</Param>
</Object>
<Object>
<Param>Disaster response</Param>
</Object>
</ObjectList>
</Article>
</ArticleSet>