Differing community responses to similar public health threats

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There are significant differences in how communities respond to similar public health threats. More work is needed to develop theoretical models that apply to the community level and do not assume that a community’s response is simply the aggregate of individual responses.

This systematic review sought to understand the community-level drivers that could explain the variability in response to similar public health threats. 16 studies were included, most studies did not report sufficient data to allow an appropriate amount of validity. Potential explanatory drivers for the differing responses to similar health threats included prior experience and visibility of threat, sociodemographic characteristics, volume and type of media coverage, government reaction and availability of social support.

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