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Table 2 Reported response frequencies per item addressing ethical issues

From: Canadian survey on pandemic flu preparations

  Agree Neutral Disagree Total Refused
2a) Saving as many lives as possible, in Canada 483(97%) 7(1%) 10(2%) 500 1
2b) Saving as many lives as possible, globally 474(95%) 12(2%) 13(3%) 499 2
2c) Maintaining social order 447(90%) 34(7%) 16(3%) 497 4
2d) Protecting human rights 413(81%) 41(8%) 53(10%) 498 3
2e) Preventing economic decline 392(79%) 63(13%) 43(9%) 498 3
  Saving as many lives as possible, in Canada Saving as many lives as possible, globally Maintain social order Protect human rights Prevent economic decline
3) If one purpose for the Canadian Pandemic flu plan what would it be? 205(41%) 249(50%) 19(4%) 16(3%) 7(1.3%)
  Agree Neutral Disagree Total Refused
4) Health care workers should report to work and face all risks when caring for patients during a flu pandemic, providing precautions are taken to protect their safety 234(90%) 14(5%) 12(5%) 260 1
5) Health care workers who do not report to work during a pandemic should face loss of employment or loss of professional license 123(48%) 38(15%) 97(38%) 258 3
6) Health care workers who must care for young children or elderly relatives should not be expected to work during a pandemic 146(57%) 33(13%) 76(30%) 255 6
7) Governments should reserve the right to conscript health care workers during a pandemic 123(47%) 25(10%) 112(43%) 260 1
8) If a health care worker has a serious health condition that can increase their risk, they should not have to come to work during a pandemic 233(89%) 6(2%) 22(9%) 261  
9) Governments should provide disability insurance and death benefits at no charge for health care workers at risk during a pandemic flu crisis 221(85%) 17(7%) 23(9%) 261  
10) If a health care worker does not feel safe at work, he or she should be able to file a grievance without fear of consequences 218(84%) 21(8%) 22(8%) 261  
11) It is reasonable for government to have the power to order quarantine during a pandemic flu outbreak and to suspend other rights, like the right to assemble or travel without restriction 222(85%) 23(9%) 15(6%) 260 1
12) People who do not agree with their quarantine order should be able to ask government officials to review the quarantine order and end it 162(63%) 21(8%) 76(29%) 259 2
14) The government should ensure that people in quarantine have their basic needs met, like food, shelter, and social support 246(95%) 7(2.5%) 7(2.5%) 260 1
15) After the quarantine is over, the government should provide support services, like counseling, for people who were in quarantine 206(79%) 27(10%) 28(11%) 261  
16) If successful, the pandemic flu vaccine should be made freely available to every Canadian resident, including adults and children. 227(95%) 8(3%) 5(2%) 240  
17) There should be adequate amounts of antiviral medications provided to every Canadian 221(92%) 9(4%) 10(4%) 240  
22) Wealthy countries like Canada should provide international assistance to help poorer countries prepare for a pandemic, even if that reduces the resources available to Canadians 167(70%) 28(12%) 45(18%) 240  
24) Countries should have the right to close their orders to travelers coming from areas where outbreaks have occurred, even when the travelers are the own citizens. 179(75%) 22(10%) 39(15%) 240  
25) International authorities should advise against travel to outbreak areas to stop a pandemic from spreading, even when this results in serious economic losses 234(99%) 6(1%) 0(0%) 240  
27) Because during a pandemic, key personnel, like first responders, may be overwhelmed by the catastrophe, a plan should be developed to enable members of the public to play a role in maintaining order and offering services in some cases with proper training. 489(98%) 5(1%) 5(1%) 499 2
28a) How would you like risks to be communicated to you - By radio? 451(90%) 18(4%) 32(6%) 501  
28b) During a pandemic, it will be likely to communicate important health risks to the public. How would you like risks to be communicated to you - By TV? 486(97%) 11(2%) 4(1%) 501  
28c). How would you like risks to be communicated to you - By internet? 408(81%) 43(9%) 50(10%) 501  
28d) How would you like risks to be communicated to you - By telephone? 347(69%) 65(13%) 89(18%) 501  
29) What risks would you like information about - Where the epidemic is most active? 487(98%) 7(1%) 5(1%) 499 2
30). What risks would you like information about - Risk of death 347(69%) 70(14%) 83(17%) 500 1
31) What risks would you like information about - Risk of infection 390(78%) 50(10%) 60(12%) 500 1
  Parking in a no parking zone Speeding on a busy street Physical assault Man-slaughter  
32) Disobeying a quarantine order is most like which of the four following alternatives? 16 (6%) 47 (17%) 72 (27%) 131 (50%)