National emergency response programs for dental health care professionals

Walter J. Psoter, Patricia J. Park, Robert J. Boylan, Douglas E. Morse, David L. Glotzer

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Background. Members of the established I public health systems and medical community must understand that, in medical surge events, members of the dental profession and other non-traditional disaster health care personnel are an additional source of assistance in response activities. Methods. The authors relied on hands-on experience, expert consultations, literature reviews and Web searches to identify disaster response training programs appropriate for members of the dental profession and other health care personnel. Results. The authors identified multiple governmental and professional disaster training programs. Conclusions. Five key national-level programs address the training and organization of health care professionals to support a large-scale disaster program. Because of their training and skills, dental professionals would be valuable additions to these programs and could make significant contributions if natural disasters and/or terrorist events were to occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1067-1073
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Dental Association
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2008


  • Disaster training
  • Surge response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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