SARS Unmasked: Risk Communication of Pandemics and Influenza in Canada

SARS Unmasked: Risk Communication of Pandemics and Influenza in Canada

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Overview

SARS Unmasked: Risk Communication of Pandemics and Influenza in Canada by Michael G. Tyshenko, Cathy Paterson

"The most powerful aspect of SARS Unmasked is the personal narrative. It's an important book." Robert Brunham, medical director, University of British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was the first global pandemic of the twenty-first century, spreading within weeks from southern China to over thirty-seven countries around the world. In Canada, intense news media coverage had a profound impact on how the disease was perceived, with front line health care workers - despite their heroic efforts - stigmatized due to their contact with patients.

Given the imminent threat of future global health crises, has the SARS experience helped us learn how to manage pandemics more effectively? In SARS Unmasked, risk communication expert Michael Tyshenko offers answers to this and other questions. Cathy Paterson, a nurse clinician during the Toronto SARS crisis, adds an important view from the front lines. Their analysis reveals an out-of-control situation characterized by mixed risk communication messages, a lack of leadership, and an overwhelmed health care system that was unable to both cope with the crisis in Toronto and provide adequate support for their most valuable employees at the time - health care workers.

SARS Unmasked adds important information to what has already been said about the 2003 crisis, focusing on the human and societal effects of an infectious disease pandemic and providing tangible guidance for future pandemic threats.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773536180
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 03/19/2010
Series: McGill-Queen's Associated Medical Services Studies in the History of Medicine, H Series
Pages: 451
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael G. Tyshenko is a McLaughlin Chair in Science Health Policy at the Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa.

Cathy Paterson is a registered nurse clinician who in 2003 worked at North York General Hospital - the epicentre of the SARS

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Part 1 SARS in Canada

1 SARS Timeline: What Happened When in Canada 3

2 Emergency Room Culture and Dealing with SARS 41

3 Properties of Coronaviruses and Factors Contributing to SARS Transmission 71

4 The SARS Experience 86

5 The Social Amplification of Risk and SARS as a Risk Issue 121

6 The Stigma of SARS and Its Effect on People and Places 147

7 The Need for Sex- and Gender-Sensitive Supports for Healthcare Workers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks 172

8 SARS Hospitals and Infectious Disease Response 188

9 Public SARS Reports - Recommendations from Expert Panels 210

Part 2 Risk Communication and Pandemic Disease

10 Risk Communication of SARS in Canada 244

11 SARS and Risk Communication in Other Affected Countries 277

12 Avian Influenza 310

13 Emergency Preparedness for Future Pandemics: Lessons from SARS 336

Appendix: SARS Timelines 375

Notes 387

Bibliography 401

Index 441

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