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Title: Analysis of problems and potentials for increasing pandemic resilience in public health administrations in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany : a mixed-methods approach
Author(s): Samtlebe, Pascal
Niemann, Jana-KristinLook up in the Integrated Authority File of the German National Library
Markert, Jenny
Knöchelmann, AnjaLook up in the Integrated Authority File of the German National Library
Bernard, Marie
Issue Date: 2024
Type: Article
Language: English
Abstract: Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of resilient, modern, and well-equipped public health administrations from national to communal levels. In Germany, the surveillance, contact tracing, and local adaptions went through local health offices, revealing both their important role and also their lack of equipment and general preparation for health crises. Research on the mode of operation of the public health service (PHS), especially in a time of crisis, is rare. The present study aims to qualitatively and quantitatively assess problem areas, conflict potentials, and challenges that have become apparent for the PHS of Saxony-Anhalt during the pandemic. It focuses on the individual insight of employees of the PHS of Saxony-Anhalt and its 14 health offices to derive concrete needs and fields of action for increasing pandemic preparedness. Furthermore, the prospective personnel and resource-based requirements as well as the necessary structural and organisational changes of the public health departments are to be considered. Methods and analysis: The study will follow a sequential mixed-methods approach. Introductory expert interviews (n=12) with leading staff of Saxony-Anhalt’s PHS will be conducted, followed by focus group interviews (n=4) with personnel from all departments involved in the pandemic response. Thereafter, a quantitative survey will be carried out to validate and complement the results of the qualitative phase. Ethics and dissemination: Ethical approval was obtained by the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg ethics commission (Ref number 2023-102). The authors will submit the results of the study to relevant peer-reviewed journals and give national and international oral presentations to researchers, members of the PHS, and policymakers.
Open Access: Open access publication
License: (CC BY-NC 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0(CC BY-NC 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0
Journal Title: BMJ open
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Publisher Place: London
Volume: 14
Issue: 3
Original Publication: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-078182
Page Start: 1
Page End: 12
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