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The Use of Facemasks to Prevent Respiratory Infection: a Literature Review in the Context of the Health Belief Model

Sim, S.W., Moey, K.S., and Tan, N.C. (2014). The Use of Facemasks to Prevent Respiratory Infection: a Literature Review in the Context of the Health Belief Model. Singapore Medical Journal. 55(3):160-7.

The authors reviewed studies on facemask use in the community and framed their findings under the five principles of the Health Belief Model. They found that perceived susceptibility and perceived benefits of face mask use positively influenced compliance and recommend that a comprehensive approach to encouraging mask use during outbreaks of infectious disease in the community be utilized.
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