Changing Hospital and Health Communication Can Help Contain Ebola and Other Diseases

October 17, 2014 2:41 PM

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What happened in Dallas recently is something the U.S. health system had spent the past six months preparing. Consequently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a checklist for evaluating possible Ebola patients and distributed it to health care providers across the country. Many clinics have prepared for patients with Ebola-like symptoms, but even the best preparation requires clear communication between caregivers and patients, and among diagnosis and treatment teams.

Although the CDC can be commended for its efforts to contain Ebola here and abroad, the effort could be improved if changes to the health and risk communication were made.

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