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Type: Journal article
Title: Challenges of the pandemic response in primary care during pre-vaccination period: a qualitative study
Author: Kunin, M.
Engelhard, D.
Thomas, S.
Ashworth, M.
Piterman, L.
Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 2015; 4(1):32-1-32-11
Publisher: Biomed Central
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 2045-4015
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Marina Kunin, Dan Engelhard, Shane Thomas, Mark Ashworth and Leon Piterman
Abstract: Background During the 2009/A/H1N1 pandemic, the main burden of the patient management fell on primary care physicians (PCPs), and they were the principal implementers of pandemic policies. Broad involvement of PCPs in the pandemic response offered an excellent opportunity to investigate the challenges that they encountered. activities to specific communities' needs. This trial's recruitment journey will be used as a case study to highlight the practicalities of recruiting for complex trials. Recommendations will be provided for future researchers seeking to recruit multigenerational, multi-ethnic families into the same study, along with issues to consider regarding the implications of the recruitment journey on the integrity of a complex trial and the potential threats to internal validity.
Keywords: Primary Health Care; Pandemics; Disease outbreaks; Public Health; Qualitative research; Health politics; General practice; Influenza; H1N1; Preparedness
Rights: © Kunin et al. 2015 This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
DOI: 10.1186/s13584-015-0028-5
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