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Article: Uncertain news: Trust and preventive practices in respiratory infectious diseases

TitleUncertain news: Trust and preventive practices in respiratory infectious diseases
Authors
KeywordsHealth behavior
Decision making
Trust
Epidemics
Influenza
Issue Date2014
PublisherHogrefe Publishing. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hogrefe.com/periodicals/european-psychologist/
Citation
European psychologist, 2014, v. 19 n. 1, p. 4-12 How to Cite?
AbstractTrust influences a range of human behaviors including health decision making. Over the past 60 years a significant industry has sprung up to influence public opinion and mobilize grassroots challenges against evidence-based threats to vested interests. Simultaneously, media reports of scientific fraud, misrepresentation, constantly changing “evidence” for health, and “hyped” predictions of disasters that were ultimately less significant amplify doubts about the reliability of scientific evidence and technology when hazards arise. This has contributed to the appearance of decay of trust in the veracity of scientific claims. Population responses during communicable disease epidemics illustrate these interacting processes that simultaneously create uncertainty and significant discomfort within communities. Research on the relative influences of formal versus informal information sources in driving protective behavior during recent influenza epidemics shows how both the uptake of everyday preventive practices such as hand hygiene, and specific health interventions, such as vaccination are affected by these processes. We review recent work on influenza-related personal preventive practices, with a particular focus on the shifting roles and utility of formal and informal sources in decision making among the public, and consider the implications within the context of prevailing levels of trust, uncertainty, and doubt surrounding health care recommendations.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/199806
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.372
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.995
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dc.contributor.authorLiao, JQen_US
dc.contributor.authorFielding, Ren_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-22T01:38:31Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-22T01:38:31Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationEuropean psychologist, 2014, v. 19 n. 1, p. 4-12en_US
dc.identifier.issn1016-9040-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/199806-
dc.description.abstractTrust influences a range of human behaviors including health decision making. Over the past 60 years a significant industry has sprung up to influence public opinion and mobilize grassroots challenges against evidence-based threats to vested interests. Simultaneously, media reports of scientific fraud, misrepresentation, constantly changing “evidence” for health, and “hyped” predictions of disasters that were ultimately less significant amplify doubts about the reliability of scientific evidence and technology when hazards arise. This has contributed to the appearance of decay of trust in the veracity of scientific claims. Population responses during communicable disease epidemics illustrate these interacting processes that simultaneously create uncertainty and significant discomfort within communities. Research on the relative influences of formal versus informal information sources in driving protective behavior during recent influenza epidemics shows how both the uptake of everyday preventive practices such as hand hygiene, and specific health interventions, such as vaccination are affected by these processes. We review recent work on influenza-related personal preventive practices, with a particular focus on the shifting roles and utility of formal and informal sources in decision making among the public, and consider the implications within the context of prevailing levels of trust, uncertainty, and doubt surrounding health care recommendations.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherHogrefe Publishing. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hogrefe.com/periodicals/european-psychologist/-
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean psychologisten_US
dc.rightsThis article does not exactly replicate the final version published in the journal European psychologist. It is not a copy of the original published article and is not suitable for citation.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectHealth behavior-
dc.subjectDecision making-
dc.subjectTrust-
dc.subjectEpidemics-
dc.subjectInfluenza-
dc.titleUncertain news: Trust and preventive practices in respiratory infectious diseasesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLiao, JQ: qyliao11@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailFielding, R: fielding@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityFielding, R=rp00339en_US
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1027/1016-9040/a000168en_US
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dc.identifier.hkuros231085en_US
dc.identifier.volume19en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.spage4en_US
dc.identifier.epage12en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000332712900002-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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