Review: PPE guidance for COVID-19: Be honest about resource shortages

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Review: PPE guidance for COVID-19: Be honest about resource shortages

Review: PPE guidance for COVID-19: Be honest about resource shortages

This letter argues that the greatest source of anxiety for health care workers is not the disagreement among personal protective equipment guidelines but instead is the lack of transparent communication surrounding those guidelines.

To reduce anxiety and foster greater trust with health care workers, public health organizations, government officials, and local hospitals need to be transparent when explaining their decision making. This is especially vital when providing pragmatic advice due to resource shortages. Because these educated, socially engaged individuals are aware of what is occurring in other regions, a clear rationale needs to be given to help health care workers understand and be comfortable with the decisions being made. Openness and transparency is essential for maintaining trust, which is fundamental to the success in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic.

|2020-04-28T12:00:59-04:00April 28th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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