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Table 2 Perceptions of Workforce Preparedness during Disasters, Clinical vs. non-Clinical Staff

From: Workforce preparedness for disasters: perceptions of clinical and non-clinical staff at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  Clinical Staffa Non-Clinical Staffa Chi-Square p-value
Confident in my facility’s ability to respond to a(n)b:
 Natural disaster 60.2% 65.0% 4.43* 0.012
 Epidemic 53.1% 57.1% 5.91** 0.003
 Manmade disaster 47.5% 54.1% 7.19** 0.001
Would like additional training to prepare for a(n)b:
 Natural disaster 62.5% 57.2% 5.06** 0.006
 Epidemic 65.5% 59.8% 6.02** 0.002
 Manmade disaster 70.0% 63.8% 7.67** 0.001
Understand my role in my facility’s overall response to a(n)b:
 Natural Disaster 57.0% 57.5% 1.16 0.312
 Epidemic 49.1% 48.2% 0.12 0.891
 Manmade Disaster 48.6% 51.2% 1.17 0.312
My role in my facility’s overall response is important during a(n)b:
 Natural Disaster 75.2% 67.6% 12.80*** 0.000
 Role in Epidemic 72.3% 61.1% 25.78*** 0.000
 Manmade Disaster 72.0% 63.7% 13.23*** 0.000
  1. Note: Chi-square tests were conducted to make comparisons between clinical and non-clinical staff
  2. *p < 0.05, **p < 0.01, ***p < 0.001
  3. aWeighted percent
  4. bResponded “strongly agree” or “agree”