Core Competencies in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance: A Systematic Review

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Development and validation of a common competency framework for professionals involved in crisis response represents a decisive step forward for professionalization.

This review illustrates the results of systematically reviewing 38 peer-reviewed studies to identify existing competency sets for disaster management and humanitarian assistance that would serve as guidance for the development of a common disaster curriculum. The review revealed that the largest number of papers were mainly focused on the health care sector and presented a lack of similarity in terms of competency definition and related characteristics. Further engagement to standardize competency-based education in disaster medicine and humanitarian assistance is still needed.

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