International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

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International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

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Confidence in controlling a SARS outbreak: experiences of public health nurses in managing home quarantine measures in Taiwan.

Public health nurses in Taiwan faced unprecedented challenges in implementing policy to prevent disease spread during the 2003 SARS epidemic. This paper assesses factors related to nurses’ confidence in managing community SARS control programmes. Nurses’ individual risk perception and the prompt update of epidemic information significantly affected levels of professional confidence, a key factor influencing quarantine implementation success. Strategies to promote collaboration and advocate participatory policy making involving health workers at all levels are needed to control effectively infectious disease outbreaks. American Journal of Infection Control 2006;34:176-81.