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Close encounters of the infectious kind : methods to measure social mixing behaviour

Read, J. M. and Edmunds, W. J. and Riley, S. and Lessler, J. and Cummings, D. A. T. (2012) Close encounters of the infectious kind : methods to measure social mixing behaviour. Epidemiology and Infection, 140 (12). pp. 2117-2130. ISSN 0950-2688

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Abstract

A central tenet of close-contact or respiratory infection epidemiology is that infection patterns within human populations are related to underlying patterns of social interaction. Until recently, few researchers had attempted to quantify potentially infectious encounters made between people. Now, however, several studies have quantified social mixing behaviour, using a variety of methods. Here, we review the methodologies employed, suggest other appropriate methods and technologies, and outline future research challenges for this rapidly advancing field of research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Epidemiology and Infection
Uncontrolled Keywords: Contact diary ; infectious disease control ; mathematical modelling ; proximity ; social mixing ; social network ; transmission ; SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS ; INFLUENZA-A VIRUSES ; SMALL WORLD PROBLEM ; DAY-CARE-CENTER ; DISEASE TRANSMISSION ; PANDEMIC INFLUENZA ; CONTACT NETWORKS ; PERSONAL NETWORKS ; SCHOOL-CHILDREN ; SPREAD
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 84304
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 25 Jan 2017 10:10
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2018 05:08
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/84304

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