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Public Perceptions of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions for Reducing Transmission of Respiratory Infection: Systematic Review and Synthesis of Qualitative Studies

Teasdale, E., Santer, M., Geraghty, A.W. et al. (2014). Public Perceptions of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions for Reducing Transmission of Respiratory Infection: Systematic Review and Synthesis of Qualitative Studies. BMC Public Health. 14:589.

The authors reviewed 16 studies from nine countries to synthesize the data on public perception of non-pharmaceutical interventions to reduce transmission of respiratory infections. They found that hand and respiratory hygiene were viewed as socially responsible, and that concerns about stigma influence perceptions around social distancing and isolation. Barriers, including beliefs about infection transmission, are also discussed in this article.
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