Proposing and developing the definition and conceptual framework for healthcare resilience to cope with disasters

Zhong, Shuang, Clark, Michele, Zang, Yuli, Hou, Xiang-Yu, Wang, Lu, & FitzGerald, Gerard (2015) Proposing and developing the definition and conceptual framework for healthcare resilience to cope with disasters. In Barnes, Paul H. & Goonetilleke, Ashantha (Eds.) Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction (8-10 July 2013), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 582-594.

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Abstract

Building healthcare resilience is an important step towards creating more resilient communities to better cope with future disasters. To date, however, there appears to be little literature on how the concept of healthcare resilience should be defined and operationalized with a conceptual framework. This article aims to build a comprehensive healthcare disaster management approach guided by the concept of resilience. Methods: Google and major health electronic databases were searched to retrieve critical relevant publications. A total of 61 related publications were included, to provide a comprehensive overview of theories and definitions relevant to disaster resilience. Results and Discussions: Resilience is an inherent and adaptive capacity to cope with future uncertainty, through multiple strategies with all hazards approaches, in an attempt to achieve a positive outcome with linkage and cooperation. Healthcare resilience can be defined as the capability of healthcare organisations to resist, absorb, and respond to the shock of disasters while maintaining the most essential functions, then recover to their original state or adapt to a new state. It can be assessed by criteria, namely: robustness, redundancy, resourcefulness; and a complex of key dimensions, namely: vulnerability and safety, disaster resources and preparedness, continuity of essential health services, recovery and adaptation. Conclusions: This new concept places healthcare organisations’ disaster capabilities, management tasks, activities and disaster outcomes together into a comprehensive whole view, using an integrated approach and establishing achievable goals.

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ID Code: 75930
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Conference held July 2013. Proceedings published online March 2015.
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Keywords: CEDM, conceptual framework, emergency management, healthcare resilience, hospital resilience, disaster management, Risk-informed Disaster Management: Planning for Response, Recovery and Resilience
ISBN: 9781921897733
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Current > Research Centres > Stronger Smarter Institute
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 11 Sep 2014 22:37
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2015 13:51

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