Mitchell Centre Seminar Series
|Dates:||16 November 2016|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Rhiannon Edge, Lancaster University
Assessing the effects of social networks on vaccination behaviour.
The Chief Medical Officer for England recommends that healthcare workers have a seasonal influenza vaccination in an attempt to protect both patients and NHS staff. Despite this, only 55% of healthcare workers are vaccinated. We used a social network analysis approach to look at vaccination distribution within a social network of foundation doctors. We then applied an auto-logistic model to assess the likelihood of an individual vaccinating given their peers' behaviour.There was negative, if any, clustering of vaccinated individuals within the foundation doctor social network. The auto-logistic model demonstrated that having vaccinated neighbours reduces the individual’s likelihood of being vaccinated. However, this was accounted for by explanatory variables. I revisited the population one year on and conducted a series of qualitative interviews to better explore vaccination attitudes. The data was transcribed and thematically analysed. I present some of the findings from this study, the lessons learnt, and the benefits of conducting a mixed methods analysis.
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