Public perceptions of pandemic influenza resource allocation: a deliberative forum using Grid/Group analysis
The emergence of virulent avian influenza A subtypes with potential to evolve into novel human subtypes prompted directives from the World Health Organisation recommending that countries prepare for a pandemic. In response the Australian government developed the Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (AHMPPI), which includes strategies to contain and/or manage a pandemic. To implement these strategies successfully, community compliance is necessary. Our qualitative study investigated, through a deliberative forum, the extent to which the antiviral drug and vaccine allocation of the AHMPPI corresponds with community views about the priority groups. We used Mary Douglas’ Grid/Group analysis to analyse the results, which suggested that the AHMPPI's allocation strategy corresponds well with community views with both based on a hierarchical structure. There are some differences concerning community involvement in the decision process and information provision to the public, for which our study provides recommendations.
Docter, S. P., Street, J. M., Braunack-Mayer, A. J. & Van Der Wilt, G. (2011). Public perceptions of pandemic influenza resource allocation: a deliberative forum using Grid/Group analysis. Journal of Public Health Policy, 32 (3), 350-366.