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Title: Emergency nurses’ perceptions regarding the risks appraisal of the threat of the emerging infectious disease situation in emergency departments
Authors: Lam, SKK
Kwong, EWY 
Hung, MSY
Chien, WT
Issue Date: 2020
Source: International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being, 2020, v. 15, 1, e1718468, p. 1-10, https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2020.1718468
Abstract: Purpose: Emerging infectious diseases are considered as a pressing challenge to global public health. Throughout public health response to emerging infectious diseases, emergency nurses are situated at the forefront of the healthcare system. The present study has explored emergency nurses’ perceptions regarding the risks appraisal of the threat of the emerging infectious disease situation in emergency department context.
Methods: The present study used a qualitative descriptive approach. A purposive sampling method was employed to recruit emergency nurses who worked in public hospitals in Hong Kong. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to 24 emergency nurses. The data were interpreted using a thematic analysis strategy.
Results: Five overarching themes emerged from the data: (1) the novelty of an emerging infectious disease, (2) the severity of an emerging infectious disease, (3) the proximity to an emerging infectious disease, (4) the complexity of an emerging infectious disease situation, and (5) the response levels towards an emerging infectious disease situation.
Conclusion: It is anticipated that the information may help to predict the attitudes and behaviours of emergency nurses in future impending epidemic events, enhancing emergency nurses’ preparedness towards in such situations. Abbreviations: EID: Emerging infectious disease; ED: Emergency department; SARS: Severe acute respiratory syndrome; MERS: Middle East respiratory syndrome; WHO: World Health Organization; RN: Registered nurse; APN: Advanced practice nurse; NO: Nursing officer.
Keywords: Emergency nurses
Emerging infectious diseases
Epidemics
Qualitative research
Risk perception
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being 
ISSN: 1748-2623
EISSN: 1748-2631
DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2020.1718468
Rights: © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The following publication Stanley Kam Ki Lam, Enid Wai Yung Kwong, Maria Shuk Yu Hung & Wai Tong Chien (2020) Emergency nurses’ perceptions regarding the risks appraisal of the threat of the emerging infectious disease situation in emergency departments, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 15:1, e1718468 is available at https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2020.1718468
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