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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(9), 1064; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14091064

Public Health Network Structure and Collaboration Effectiveness during the 2015 MERS Outbreak in South Korea: An Institutional Collective Action Framework

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Department of Public Administration, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203, USA
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Social Disaster & Safety Management Center, College of Liberal Arts, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea
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Received: 25 July 2017 / Revised: 11 September 2017 / Accepted: 12 September 2017 / Published: 15 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Health Services and Health Economics Research)
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Abstract

Following the 2015 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in South Korea, this research aims to examine the structural effect of public health network explaining collaboration effectiveness, which is defined as joint efforts to improve quality of service provision, cost savings, and coordination. We tested the bonding and bridging effects on collaboration effectiveness during the MERS outbreak response by utilizing an institutional collective action framework. The analysis results of 114 organizations responding during the crisis show a significant association between the bonding effect and the effectiveness of collaboration, as well as a positive association between risk communication in disseminating public health information and the effectiveness of collaboration. View Full-Text
Keywords: public health network; collaboration effectiveness; Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus; institutional collective action framework public health network; collaboration effectiveness; Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus; institutional collective action framework
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Kim, K.; Andrew, S.A.; Jung, K. Public Health Network Structure and Collaboration Effectiveness during the 2015 MERS Outbreak in South Korea: An Institutional Collective Action Framework. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1064.

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