Emergency planning in health: scoping study of the international literature, local information resources and key stakeholders: executive summary: summary

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Lee, Andrew; Challen, Kirsty; Gardois, Paolo
NIHR Health Services Research and Delivery Programme
Date of publication
1 November 2012
Health Services
Social welfare
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This document presents a summary of research commissioned to explore the existing evidence-base for emergency planning, specifically for the UK health context, and identify the evidence requirements of the emergency planning community. Four thematic categories for future research emerged from the project: knowledge management for emergency planning in health; social and behavioral issues in disasters; individual behaviour and organisational issues in emergencies; and emergency management system issues. The study revealed that there is a need to build a UK evidence base founded on robust research of individual, organisational and system-level themes in emergency planning. This evidence needs to be translated into action and embedded into organisations with the ultimate aim of developing a health system and community that is resilient to disasters. To facilitate this, a system or framework for evaluating the planning and response needs to be develop and refined.