Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions
The purpose of this study was to understand the public health responder experience, especially related to managing deployment-related trauma in public health responders who were deployed to the Ebola Outbreak Response in West Africa (2014–2016). This study used a semi structured interview design grounded in the literature of peer support, trauma, and resilience with analysis and coding of the interview data led by emerging themes. In this study, public health responders perceived aspects of their shared organization and peer relationships as helpful when encountering difficult situations during deployment. The unique bond shared among responders may reduce responder stress and promote resilience, which could include emotional healing, restored job satisfaction, and reduced professional burnout. Therefore, understanding the experiences and context in which responders operate is vital to strengthening global health security in our shared global fight against pandemics.
Downie, Diane L., "Understanding The Responder Experience: Trauma, Peer Support and Resilience" (2020). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6984.
Northern Illinois University
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