Ebola Knowledge and Attitudes Among Pediatric Providers Before the First Diagnosed Case in the United States

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2015 Aug;34(8):901-3. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000755.


The 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak triggered concerns about health-care worker (HCW) readiness. Two hundred and forty-five HCWs at a children's hospital were surveyed. Knowledge scores were lower for nurses than physicians (50-61%, P = 0.001). Despite HCWs lacking Ebola virus disease knowledge, their perceived lack of institutional preparedness and their own lack of training, most HCWs wanted to believe that they would be safe and were willing to provide care.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Health Personnel / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / psychology*
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • United States / epidemiology