Public perceptions of pandemic influenza resource allocation: A deliberativeforum using Grid/Group analysis

S.P. Docter, J. Street, A.J. Braunack-Mayer, G.J. van der Wilt

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    Abstract

    The emergence of virulent avian influenza A subtypes with potential to evolve into novel human subtypes prompted directives from the World Health Organisation recommending that countries prepare for a pandemic. In response the Australian government developed the Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (AHMPPI), which includes strategies to contain and/or manage a pandemic. To implement these strategies successfully, community compliance is necessary. Our qualitative study investigated, through a deliberative forum, the extent to which the antiviral drug and vaccine allocation of the AHMPPI corresponds with community views about the priority groups. We used Mary Douglas Grid/Group analysis to analyse the results, which suggested that the AHMPPI's allocation strategy corresponds well with community views with both based on a hierarchical structure. There are some differences concerning community involvement in the decision process and information provision to the public, for which our study provides recommendations. © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Public Health Policy
    Volume32
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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