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Disaster safety assessment of primary healthcare facilities: a cross-sectional study in Kurdistan province of Iran

(2021) Disaster safety assessment of primary healthcare facilities: a cross-sectional study in Kurdistan province of Iran. BMC Emergency Medicine.

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Background: Kurdistan province of Iran is among disaster prone areas of the country. The Primary Health Care facilities in Iran deliver health services at all levels nationwide. Resiliency and flexibility of such facilities is important when a disaster occurs. Thus, evaluating functional, structural, and non-structural aspects of safety of such facilities is essential. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, the instrument used to evaluate four sections of functional, structural, non-structural, and total safety of 805 healthcare facilities in Kurdistan Province was the safety evaluation checklist of primary healthcare centers, provided by the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education. Each section scored from 0 to 100 points, and each section of the safety was classified to three safety classes according to their total score: low (�34.0), average (34.01�66.0) and high (> 66.0). Results: The levels of functional, structural, non-structural and total safety were equal to 23.8, 20.2, 42.3 and 28.7, out of 100, respectively. Regarding the functional safety, rapid response team scored the highest, while financial affairs scored the lowest. Nevertheless, in structural and non-structural sections, the scores of different items were almost similar. Conclusions: The results of the study revealed that safety score of primary healthcare facilities in general was unsatisfactory. Thus, promoting preparedness, resilience and continuity of service delivery of these facilities are essential to response to disasters and emergencies. The finding of this study could be beneficial for national and provincial decision-makers and policymakers in this regard. © 2021, The Author(s).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: article; checklist; cross-sectional study; disaster; health care facility; human; human experiment; Iran; medical education; primary health care; rapid response team; risk assessment; structure activity relation
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Emergency Medicine
Volume: 21
Number: 1
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd
Identification Number: 10.1186/s12873-021-00417-3
ISSN: 1471227X
Depositing User: مسعود رسول آبادی

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