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Article: Changes in knowledge, perceptions, preventive behaviours and psychological responses in the pre-community outbreak phase of the H1N1 epidemic

TitleChanges in knowledge, perceptions, preventive behaviours and psychological responses in the pre-community outbreak phase of the H1N1 epidemic
Authors
Issue Date2011
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=HYG
Citation
Epidemiology And Infection, 2011, v. 139 n. 1, p. 80-90 How to Cite?
AbstractTo investigate the changes in community responsiveness during the pre-community-outbreak phase of the H1N1 epidemic in Hong Kong, a pooled sample of 999 adults was interviewed in three surveys (S1, S2, S3) from 7 May to 6 June 2009. Over time, fewer people felt confident in staying free from H1N1 infection in the following year (S1, 63.3%; S3, 46%; P<0.001). The level of distress due to H1N1 remained modest throughout the study period. People's confidence in the government's ability to control a large-scale H1N1 outbreak declined slightly at the third survey (S1, 80.5%; S3, 73.8%; P=0.025). Across the three surveys, respondents remained vigilant with frequent adoption of preventive measures (e.g. wearing face masks in public areas when suffering from influenza-like symptoms and frequent hand-washing). The public was generally supportive of the Hong Kong government although misconceptions regarding the disease were common. Provision of evidence-based public-health education is still warranted as the disease outbreak unfolds.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/145804
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.515
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.320
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Food and Health Bureau
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The authors thank all participants of this study. Thanks are extended to Mr Nelson Yeung for help with the editing of the paper, Mr Tony Yung and Mr Johnson Lau for assistance in the preparation of the questionnaire, Ms. M. W. Chan, Mr Mason Lau, and Ms. Cheri Tong for coordination of the telephone survey, and all colleagues who served as telephone interviewers of this study. The study was supported by the Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases from the Food and Health Bureau.

 

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dc.contributor.authorLau, JTF-
dc.contributor.authorGriffiths, S-
dc.contributor.authorAu, DWH-
dc.contributor.authorChoi, KC-
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-19T06:52:34Z-
dc.date.available2012-03-19T06:52:34Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.citationEpidemiology And Infection, 2011, v. 139 n. 1, p. 80-90-
dc.identifier.issn0950-2688-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/145804-
dc.description.abstractTo investigate the changes in community responsiveness during the pre-community-outbreak phase of the H1N1 epidemic in Hong Kong, a pooled sample of 999 adults was interviewed in three surveys (S1, S2, S3) from 7 May to 6 June 2009. Over time, fewer people felt confident in staying free from H1N1 infection in the following year (S1, 63.3%; S3, 46%; P<0.001). The level of distress due to H1N1 remained modest throughout the study period. People's confidence in the government's ability to control a large-scale H1N1 outbreak declined slightly at the third survey (S1, 80.5%; S3, 73.8%; P=0.025). Across the three surveys, respondents remained vigilant with frequent adoption of preventive measures (e.g. wearing face masks in public areas when suffering from influenza-like symptoms and frequent hand-washing). The public was generally supportive of the Hong Kong government although misconceptions regarding the disease were common. Provision of evidence-based public-health education is still warranted as the disease outbreak unfolds.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=HYG-
dc.relation.ispartofEpidemiology And Infection-
dc.rightsEpidemiology And Infection. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.meshAdolescent-
dc.subject.meshEpidemics-
dc.subject.meshHealth Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice-
dc.subject.meshInfluenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype-
dc.subject.meshInfluenza, Human - epidemiology - prevention and control - psychology-
dc.titleChanges in knowledge, perceptions, preventive behaviours and psychological responses in the pre-community outbreak phase of the H1N1 epidemicen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0950268810001925-
dc.identifier.pmid20800008-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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