Understanding U.S. Adults' Zika virus risk perceptions and mitigation behaviors to improve technology-supported risk communication

Tera L. Reynolds, Xinning Gui, Yunan Chen, Kai Zheng

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Abstract

Understanding public risk perceptions, and how these affect behavior, is critical to public health's ability to leverage technology for risk communications. However, little is known about Zika virus risk perceptions. We addressed this gap by analyzing nationally representative (U.S.) survey data. Our results suggest that a minority of U.S. adults perceive Zika to be a major threat (13%), and only about 15% have taken protective actions. Our findings have implications for improving technology-supported risk communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2019
Subtitle of host publicationHealth and Wellbeing e-Networks for All - Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics
EditorsBrigitte Seroussi, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Brigitte Seroussi
PublisherIOS Press
Pages1874-1875
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781643680026
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 21 2019
Event17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, MEDINFO 2019 - Lyon, France
Duration: Aug 25 2019Aug 30 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume264
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, MEDINFO 2019
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period8/25/198/30/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Reynolds, T. L., Gui, X., Chen, Y., & Zheng, K. (2019). Understanding U.S. Adults' Zika virus risk perceptions and mitigation behaviors to improve technology-supported risk communication. In B. Seroussi, L. Ohno-Machado, L. Ohno-Machado, & B. Seroussi (Eds.), MEDINFO 2019: Health and Wellbeing e-Networks for All - Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (pp. 1874-1875). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 264). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/SHTI190691