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Unintended consequences of screening for Ebola


  • Faherty, L.J.
  • Doubeni, C.A.


Ebola virus disease (EVD) reached the United States in September 2014, leadingthe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to publish screening guidelines to identify patients with high-risk exposures at their first point ofcontactwiththehealth care system. InWest Africa, the burden of EVD is superimposed on thetraumaofdecadesof civil war, violence, and poverty. Therefore, an important consideration in implementing screening procedures in the United States is the potential to unintentionally exacerbate posttraumatic stress disorder, or add additional stress from stigma and discrimination, among theWestAfrican diaspora. We recommend rigorous research to develop and implement evidence-based, trauma-informed approaches to screening for communicablediseasesduringoutbreaks, usingprinciplesof communityengaged or community-based participatory research.

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  • Faherty, L.J. & Doubeni, C.A., 2015. "Unintended consequences of screening for Ebola," American Journal of Public Health, American Public Health Association, vol. 105(9), pages 1738-1739.
  • Handle: RePEc:aph:ajpbhl:10.2105/ajph.2015.302768_7
    DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302768

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    1. > Economics of Welfare > Health Economics > Economics of Pandemics > Specific pandemics > Ebola


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