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Table 2 Knowledge and perceptions of pandemic influenza by HCW category

From: "Will they just pack up and leave?" – attitudes and intended behaviour of hospital health care workers during an influenza pandemic

  HCW category
Total, (%)
  Medical
(n = 281)
Nursing
(n = 512)
Allied
(n = 165)
Ancillary
(n = 121)
Overall
(N = 1079)
What is pandemic influenza?      
Yearly cases of the 'Flu' 2 (0.70) 12 (2.30) 3 (1.80) 11 (9.10) 28 (2.60)
A large outbreak in a given country/area 97 (34.5) 297 (58.0) 102 (62.6) 63 (52.1) 559 (51.8)
Influenza affecting birds 2 (0.70) 1 (0.20) 0 0 3 (0.30)
A disease which affects people in Asia 0 0 1 (0.60) 0 1 (0.10)
Global outbreak of a new influenza virus 180 (64.1) 192 (37.5) 54 (35.0) 44 (36.4) 473 (43.8)
Unsure 0 10 (2.00) 0 3 (2.50) 15 (1.40)
How serious would a pandemic be if it occurred?      
Not serious 0 2 (0.40) 0 0 2 (0.19)
Somewhat 33(11.7) 67 (13.1) 35 (21.5) 21 (17.4) 156 (14.5)
Very serious 244 (86.8) 413 (80.7) 125 (76.7) 91 (75.2) 873 (80.9)
Unsure 3 (1.10) 16 (3.10) 3 (1.80) 5 (4.10) 29 (2.69)
Not specified 1 (0.40) 14 (2.70) 0 4 (3.30) 19 (1.76)
Is your ward/department prepared?      
Yes 44 (15.7) 114 (22.3) 50 (30.7) 60 (49.6) 268 (24.8)
No 218 (77.6) 353 (68.9) 103 (63.2) 54 (44.6) 728 (67.5)
Not specified 19 (6.80) 45 (8.80) 10 (6.10) 7 (5.80) 83 (7.70)