How are healthcare provider systems preparing for health emergency situations?

Timothy DeVita, David Brett-Major, Rebecca Katz

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Natural disasters, disease outbreaks, famine, and human conflict have strained communities everywhere over the course of human existence. However, modern changes in climate, human mobility, and other factors have increased the global community's vulnerability to widespread emergencies. We are in the midst of a disruptive health event, with the COVID-19 pandemic testing our health provider systems globally. This study presents a qualitative analysis of published literature, obtained systematically, to examine approaches health providers are taking to prepare for and respond to mass casualty incidents around the globe. The research reveals emerging trends in the weaknesses of systems' disaster responses while highlighting proposed solutions, so that others may better prepare for future disasters. Additionally, the research examines gaps in the literature, to foster more targeted and actionable contributions to the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-120
Number of pages19
JournalWorld Medical and Health Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • disaster
  • emergency
  • preparation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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