Beliefs and attitudes of health workers and nursing students toward an influenza pandemic in a region of Spain

Authors

  • Borja Nicolás Santana-López Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España
  • Yeray Gabriel Santana-Padilla Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España
  • Josefa Delia Martín-Santana Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España
  • Luciano Santana-Cabrera Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8310-1197
  • Cristina Escot Rodríguez Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2019.363.4371

Keywords:

Pandemics, Human Influenza, Attitude to health, Nursing, Personnel management, Hospital administration, Organization and administration

Abstract

A survey was carried out during March-May 2017 to analyze the beliefs and attitudes of health workers and nursing students in the face of an influenza pandemic in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. A high percentage doubted that there is a vaccine to protect them against an influenza pandemic, although workers showed greater certainty than students concerning access to a vaccine. Health workers showed themselves as more responsible for their work than students; i.e., 46.7% would be in favor of penalizing anyone who refused to go to work because there is a high percentage that put work before their responsibility toward themselves and their families. In conclusion, this study suggests promoting initiatives for reducing absenteeism, identifying those factors that would facilitate it, and having a contingency plan prepared in the event of an influenza pandemic.

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Published

2019-08-13

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Brief Report

How to Cite

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Santana-López BN, Santana-Padilla YG, Martín-Santana JD, Santana-Cabrera L, Escot Rodríguez C. Beliefs and attitudes of health workers and nursing students toward an influenza pandemic in a region of Spain. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2019 Aug. 13 [cited 2024 Apr. 16];36(3):481-6. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/4371

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