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An Assessment of Saudi Hospitals’ Disaster Preparedness

European Journal of Environment and Public Health, 2021, 5(2), em0071,
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Objective: The study aims to assess the level of Saudi Hospital Disaster Preparedness (HDP).
Methods: This study has utilized exploratory quantitative design with a structured self-administered questionnaire. It has adopted a convenient sampling technique, which has included nine hospitals within three Saudi Cities (Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam). The questionnaire contains 48 indicators in six HDP domains: planning, structural, non-structural, management, functional, and human resource competency capacities.
Results: The level of Saudi HDP was 69.8%. The domain of management capacity had the highest level of preparedness, at 83.6%, while human resources competency capacity was the least prepared, at 63%. The Spearman correlation revealed a positive significant relationship between preparing to respond to a disaster when occur and all HDP capacity indicators, r (46) = 0.424, p = < .001. A one-way ANOVA test showed a significant difference in HDP between the three cities; Riyadh hospitals were the most prepared, F (2, 313) = 4.343, p < .05. It also showed that there were significant differences in preparedness between the MOH, other governmental, and university hospitals; university hospitals were the most prepared, F (2, 313) = 5.087, p < .05.
Conclusion: Overall, Saudi hospitals have a high level of HDP, which indicates that they are likely to function well in the eventuality of disasters. There is a great opportunity to strengthen HDP capacities to improve hospital readiness in the medium-long term. The implemented HDP assessment tool should be built into hospitals’ systems and coordinated among involved governmental sectors.


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Alsalem, M. M., and Alghanim, S. A. (2021). An Assessment of Saudi Hospitals’ Disaster Preparedness. European Journal of Environment and Public Health, 5(2), em0071.
Alsalem, M. M., & Alghanim, S. A. (2021). An Assessment of Saudi Hospitals’ Disaster Preparedness. European Journal of Environment and Public Health, 5(2), em0071.
Alsalem MM, Alghanim SA. An Assessment of Saudi Hospitals’ Disaster Preparedness. EUROPEAN J ENV PUBLI. 2021;5(2):em0071.
Alsalem MM, Alghanim SA. An Assessment of Saudi Hospitals’ Disaster Preparedness. EUROPEAN J ENV PUBLI. 2021;5(2), em0071.
Alsalem, Majed Mohammed, and Saad Abdullah Alghanim. "An Assessment of Saudi Hospitals’ Disaster Preparedness". European Journal of Environment and Public Health 2021 5 no. 2 (2021): em0071.
Alsalem, Majed Mohammed et al. "An Assessment of Saudi Hospitals’ Disaster Preparedness". European Journal of Environment and Public Health, vol. 5, no. 2, 2021, em0071.


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