Methods: We performed a structured literature review to examine the evidence regarding public and patients’ risk perceptions and responses towards Clostridium difficile and other Healthcare Associated Infections. Fourteen studies were included.
Results: Fourteen studies were included. Only 1 study was specific to Clostridium difficile, 7 related to other Healthcare Associated Infections. Many reported limited understanding of the technical issues of the infection, concerns of transmission to family and friends, inadequate information available and distrust. The media was one of the main sources of information. Both emotional and physical responses highlighted the level of confusion, fear, anxiety and anger.
Conclusions: Empirical research of risk perceptions towards Clostridium difficile is limited. Without well researched studies examining risk perceptions and responses, there is a danger of developing and implementing communication and management strategies that do not meet the needs of our patients or the public.
- risk perceptions, clostridium difficile, MRSA, healthcare assosicated infection, healthcare professionals
Understanding risk perceptions and responses of the public, healthcare professionals and the media: the case of Clostridium difficileAuthor: Burnett, E. J., 2015
Supervisor: Davies, H. (Supervisor) & Corlett, J. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of PhilosophyFile