Health service resource needs for pandemic influenza in developing countries: a linked transmission dynamics, interventions and resource demand model.


Krumkamp, R; Kretzschmar, M; Rudge, JW; Ahmad, A; Hanvoravongchai, P; Westenhoefer, J; Stein, M; Putthasri, W; Coker, R; (2010) Health service resource needs for pandemic influenza in developing countries: a linked transmission dynamics, interventions and resource demand model. Epidemiology and infection, 139 (1). pp. 59-67. ISSN 0950-2688 DOI: 10.1017/S0950268810002220

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Abstract

We used a mathematical model to describe a regional outbreak and extrapolate the underlying health-service resource needs. This model was designed to (i) estimate resource gaps and quantities of resources needed, (ii) show the effect of resource gaps, and (iii) highlight which particular resources should be improved. We ran the model, parameterized with data from the 2009 H1N1v pandemic, for two provinces in Thailand. The predicted number of preventable deaths due to resource shortcomings and the actual resource needs are presented for two provinces and for Thailand as a whole. The model highlights the potentially huge impact of health-system resource availability and of resource gaps on health outcomes during a pandemic and provides a means to indicate where efforts should be concentrated to effectively improve pandemic response programmes.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
PubMed ID: 20920381
Web of Science ID: 285467600008
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2400

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