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Table 2 Responses of health-care workers to concern statements about the MERS outbreak in Saudi Arabia

From: An assessment of the level of concern among hospital-based health-care workers regarding MERS outbreaks in Saudi Arabia

  Agree/Strongly agree n (%) Disagree/Strongly disagree n (%)
A. Self-satisfaction domain
 1. I feel unsafe working at my workplace. 379 (36.8) 652 (63.2)
 2. I feel anxious while working with a febrile patient. 434 (42.1) 597 (57.9)
 3. I feel at risk to contract a MERS-CoV infection at work. 726 (70.4) 305 (29.6)
 4. I feel obliged to care for a MERS-CoV-infected patient. 628 (60.9) 403 (39.1)
 5. I feel hopeless I might eventually get a MERS-CoV at work. 366 (35.5) 665 (64.5)
 6. I feel threatened if one of my colleagues contracted MERS-CoV. 712 (69.1) 319 (30.9)
 7. If I get MERS-CoV, I don’t feel confident an employee will care for me? 345 (33.5) 686 (66.5)
B. Social status-related domain
 1. I feel that I should limit my social activities due to MERS-CoV. 402 (39.0) 629 (61.0)
 2. I feel I will transmit MERS-CoV to my family members. 458 (45.1) 573 (54.9)
 3. I feel that my family members avoid me since I work in hospital. 106 (10.3) 925 (89.7)
 4. I feel I should avoid leaving my home due to MERS-CoV. 167 (16.2) 864 (83.8)
 5. I feel my family will not look after me if I was infected. 89 (8.6) 942 (91.4)
 6. I don’t feel confident telling my family and friends if I was infected. 181 (17.6) 850 (82.4)
C. Workplace-related domain
 1. I feel that my institution didn’t support me during the MERS-CoV crisis. 163 (15.8) 868 (84.2)
 2. I feel that my institution is losing control of the MERS-CoV crisis. 135 (13.1) 896 (86.9)
 3. I feel overwhelmed with the new MERS-CoV regulations. 491 (47.6) 540 (52.4)
 4. I feel MERS-CoV crisis increased my workload. 377 (36.6) 654 (63.4)
 5. I feel that the increase in workload was not meet with proper staffing. 502 (48.7) 529 (51.3)
 6. I feel absence from work reduces the chance of getting MERS-CoV. 169 (16.4) 862 (83.6)
 7. In case I had MERS-CoV, I feel ashamed telling my manager/colleagues. 93 (9.0) 938 (91.0)
 8. I feel I should change my current job due to MERS-CoV crisis. 73 (7.1) 958 (92.9)
D. Infection control-related domain
 1. I am not confident with the current infection control measures. 151 (14.6) 880 (85.4)
 2. I don’t feel proper infection control training has been offered to me. 219 (21.2) 812 (78.8)
 3. I don’t feel an infection specialist is accessible to respond to my concerns. 141 (13.7) 890 (86.3)
 4. I don’t feel there is MERS-CoV outbreak plan set at my area. 296 (28.7) 735 (71.3)
 5. I don’t feel safe at work when I use the standard precautions. 906 (87.9) 125 (12.1)
E. Government-related domain
 1. I feel the government should restrict travel from /to areas of disease. 760 (73.7) 271 (26.3)
 2. I feel the government should isolate MERS-CoV cases in special hospitals 904 (87.7) 127 (12.3)
 3. I feel government should avoid inviting expatriates infected areas. 673 (65.3) 358 (34.7)
 4. I feel schools and shopping markets need to be closed to control MERS-CoV. 196 (19.0) 835 (81.0)
 5. I don’t feel MERS-CoV has been highlighted and discussed efficiently in media. 245 (23.8) 786 (76.2)
  1. Abbreviation: MERS-CoV Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus