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Disaster Preparedness Among Populations in Shenzhen, China, With and Without Chronic Disease

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 February 2022

Yu-Ju Qin
Affiliation:
Huazhong University of Science and Technology Union Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, Guangdong, PR China
Jia-Hong Liu
Affiliation:
Huazhong University of Science and Technology Union Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, Guangdong, PR China
Yao-Jie Xie
Affiliation:
School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Shao-ling Wang
Affiliation:
School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Xian-liang Liu
Affiliation:
Huazhong University of Science and Technology Union Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, Guangdong, PR China
Alice Yuen Loke*
Affiliation:
School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Bei-Rong Mo*
Affiliation:
Huazhong University of Science and Technology Union Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, Guangdong, PR China
*
Corresponding authors: Bei-Rong Mo, Email: limo1988@163.com; Alice Yuen Loke, Email: alice.yuen.loke@polyu.edu.hk
Corresponding authors: Bei-Rong Mo, Email: limo1988@163.com; Alice Yuen Loke, Email: alice.yuen.loke@polyu.edu.hk

Abstract

Objective:

This survey examined and compared the disaster perception and preparedness of 2421 residents with and without chronic disease in Shenzhen, China.

Methods:

The participants were recruited and were asked to complete a survey in 2018.

Results:

Three types of disasters considered most likely to happen in Shenzhen were: typhoons (73.5% vs 74.9%), major transport accidents (61.5% vs 64.7%), and major fires (60.8% vs 63.0%). Only 5.9% and 5% of them, respectively, considered infectious diseases pandemics to be likely. There were significant differences between those with and without chronic disease in disaster preparedness, only a small percentage could be considered to have prepared for disaster (20.7% vs 14.5%). Logistic regression analyses showed that those aged 65 or older (odds ratio [OR] = 2.76), who had attained a Master’s degree or higher (OR = 2.0), and with chronic disease (OR = 1.38) were more prepared for disasters.

Conclusions:

Although participants with chronic disease were better prepared than those without, overall, Shenzhen residents were inadequately prepared for disasters and in need of public education.

Type
Original Research
Copyright
© The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc.

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