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OBJECTIVES To shed light on how the public health community can promote the recovery of Hurricane Katrina victims and protect people in future disasters, we examined the experiences of evacuees housed in Houston area shelters 2 weeks after the hurricane. METHODS A survey was conducted September 10 through 12, 2005, with 680 randomly selected respondents(More)
Through an analysis of recent data on adults' and children's computer use and experiences, this DataWatch shows that use of computers and the Internet is widespread and that significant percentages of the public are already using the Internet to get health information. The surveys also show that the Internet is already a useful vehicle for reaching large(More)
We report the results of a national survey conducted to help public health officials understand the public's response to community mitigation interventions for a severe outbreak of pandemic influenza. Survey results suggest that if community mitigation measures are instituted, most respondents would comply with recommendations but would be challenged to do(More)
The partisan split in Congress over health reform may reflect a broader divide among the public in attitudes toward the uninsured. Despite expert consensus over the harms suffered by the uninsured as a group, Americans disagree over whether the uninsured get the care they need and whether reform legislation providing universal coverage is necessary. We(More)
Data from a 1997 nationwide telephone survey are used to assess the relationship between choice and public opinion about managed care. We found that only a minority of the working-age population effectively control what health plan they get. Persons without choice were markedly more dissatisfied with their health plan, especially when enrolled in managed(More)
The World Health Organization (WHO) ranked health systems in 191 countries based on measures developed by public health experts. This paper compares the WHO rankings for seventeen industrialized countries with the perceptions of their citizens. The results show little relationship between WHO rankings and the satisfaction of the citizens who experience(More)
This paper examines the depth and breadth of the public backlash against managed care and the reasons for it. We conclude that the backlash is real and influenced by at least two principal factors: (1) A significant proportion of Americans report problems with managed care plans; and (2) the public perceives threatening and dramatic events in managed care(More)