Measures of effectiveness in large-scale bioterrorism events

Frederick M. Burkle

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Measures of effectiveness (MOEs) are defined as operationally quantifiable management tools that provide a means for measuring effectiveness, outcome, and performance. No clear MOEs exist for determining success or failure of the management of a bioterrorism response. This is especially critical because management requires a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary decision-making and evaluation process. It is suggested that the minimum MOEs required to operationally measure outcome must contain a measuring response capacity for: (1) real-time public health surveillance system; (2) full coverage health information system; (3) capacity to measure variance across management timelines; (4) demonstrated decline in mortality and morbidity; (5) control of transmission rates of communicable agents; and (6) resource distribution across the entire population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-262
Number of pages5
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • bioagents
  • bioterrorism
  • disaster management
  • health indicators
  • homeland security
  • mass casualty incidents
  • measures of effectiveness
  • outcome indicators performance indicators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency


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