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Roundtable on the Psychosocial Challenges Posed by a Radiological Terrorism Incident : participants’ comments, ideas, and recommendations : a summary report
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    Chapter I: Introduction -- Chapter II: Summary of Presentations -- Chapter III: Key Issues and Considerations -- Chapter IV: Recommendations -- Appendix A: List of Roundtable Participants -- Appendix B: Roundtable Agenda -- Appendix C: Resources Identified During Discussions -- Appendix D: Additional Sources Provided by Speakers.

    On December 6-7, 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a two- day roundtable meeting to examine some of the major psychosocial issues associated with radiological terrorism. The discussion, Roundtable on the Psychosocial Challenges Posed by a Radiological Terrorism Incident, explored such difficult and complex problems as planning for and assisting large numbers of people who may self-transport to healthcare facilities, preventing or mitigating contamination-related social stigma, and maintaining public trust following a large-scale incident involving radioactive materials. The aim was to begin to determine where there are major gaps in our current ability to handle these challenges, and then to identify steps that can be taken to help close those gaps.

    Nearly 30 U.S. and international experts from academia, government, professional societies, and the healthcare community participated in the program. The event was hosted by CDC’s Radiation Studies Branch, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health. The roundtable was part of CDC’s continuing effort to help prepare the nation’s medical and public health community for threats of terrorism.

    This report provides a summary of participants’ comments, ideas, and recommendations. The findings will inform CDC’s work with state and local health departments, hospitals and other key components of the preparedness infrastructure, and will help CDC in the production of guidelines, templates, and informational materials related to radiological terrorism. In addition, the report is intended to stimulate further discussion and consideration of some of the most challenging aspects of the management of terrorist incidents involving radioactive materials.

    This report was prepared by Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, under contract with CDC, and summarizes the participants’ contributions; it represents neither a consensus of the roundtable nor the opinion of CDC and may contain errors in fact.

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