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Cancer patients and public health preparedness: An original program proposal

Harmon, Jennifer (2013) Cancer patients and public health preparedness: An original program proposal. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Disasters and infectious disease emergencies are high stress events for those who experience them. Cancer patients are a particularly vulnerable population that requires special attention during such occasions. Currently, there is a lack of planning in emergency preparedness for special populations, like cancer patients. This essay addresses the need for preparedness initiatives to alleviate some of the negative impacts cancer patients may face during and after an emergency. A program was designed to specifically address the distinct needs of this population through meetings between trained nurses and the cancer patient in treatment. Preparedness strategies and flood related issues are the key informational components of this program. The goal of this program is to increase awareness of the complications that a cancer diagnosis can pose during emergencies, and it engages cancer patients in emergency preparedness planning. The public health significance of this project is to provide a foundation for future program development for special populations in public health preparedness.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Harmon, Jennifer
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMartinson, Jeremyjmartins@pitt.eduJMARTINSUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRYUNSPECIFIED
Date: 6 December 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 2013
Submission Date: 19 November 2013
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 20:54
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2023 11:55


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