What are the ?Disaster medicine? curriculum topics for public health medicine specialty training in T?rkiye? A Delphi Study

Sari O. Y., ALTINTAŞ K. H.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, vol.81, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 81
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2022.103293
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: Curriculum, Delphi study, Disaster medicine, Public health medicine specialty, Training, MARMARA EARTHQUAKE, STRESS-DISORDER, PREVALENCE, CHILDREN, TURKEY
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: Public health medicine specialists have unique roles in disaster risk management through prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for all kinds of disasters. A well structured and designed "disaster medicine training curriculum" would improve the efficacy and quality of playing these forementioned roles. In this study, it was aimed to determine the disaster medicine curriculum topics which should be addressed in public health medicine specialty edu-cation and training in Turkiye.Methods: All faculty members from public health departments of medical faculties in Turkiye (238 experts) were invited to a three round Delphi study aiming to evaluate disaster medicine topics of the curriculum prepared by the International Society of Disaster Medicine (ISDM) as it is the most comprehensive curriculum ever developed. All items were rated by using a seven-point Likert scale in consecutive online questionnaires. The final consensus was determined at the end of the third round according to the consensus criteria.Findings: The response rate for the first round was 37.8% (90 experts), with a dropout of 34.4% (59 experts) and 35.5% (38 experts) for the following rounds. For the "Medical Care" division, 35.3% of items were agreed to be included in the curriculum, while this rate was 93.2% for "Disaster Management" division, 100.0% for "Public Health" and "Education and Training in Disaster Medicine" divisions. Among all, 62.5% of items reached consensus to be included in the curriculum.Conclusion: In the end of three rounds, disaster medicine topics were evaluated with a public health perspective and the curriculum was enriched with original contributions from the experts. This agreed national curriculum for the major workforce of public health services in the country will strengthen the health workforce capacity for building disaster resilient communities and health services.