Is Health Care Prepared For Bioterrorism?

A Discussion Forum About a 21st Century Health Threat

The bioterrorism incidents in the United States in late 2001 were a wake-up call for the health care community. It forced a critical self-evaluation: Are we prepared to deal with similar events in the future? At its 2003 annual Summer Seminar, the Thomas Jefferson University Office of Health Policy and Clinical Outcomes, led by David B. Nash, MD, MBA, assembled a national and regional leadership group to discuss the health care community’s role in a bioterrorism event and its ability to respond effectively. This supplement presents the perspectives of this panel, which identified preparedness gaps, a national research agenda, and the need for better cohesion locally among first responders to a bioterror incident.

Highlights:

  • Improving Response to Terror and Global Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Creating a Health Care Agenda for the Department of Homeland Security
  • Bioterror Emergency Readiness: A Local Responsibility
  • Setting Research Priorities for Disaster Preparedness: The Role of AHRQ
  • Health Care’s Counterterrorism Efforts: What’s Being Done and What Isn’t

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