Close encounters of the infectious kind: methods to measure social mixing behaviour

Read, JM; Edmunds, WJ; Riley, S; Lessler, J; Cummings, DAT; (2012) Close encounters of the infectious kind: methods to measure social mixing behaviour. Epidemiology and infection, 140 (12). pp. 2117-2130. ISSN 0950-2688 DOI:

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A central tenet of close-contact or respiratory infection epidemiology is that infection patterns within human populations are related to underlying patterns of social interaction. Until recently, few researchers had attempted to quantify potentially infectious encounters made between people. Now, however, several studies have quantified social mixing behaviour, using a variety of methods. Here, we review the methodologies employed, suggest other appropriate methods and technologies, and outline future research challenges for this rapidly advancing field of research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Contact Tracing, Humans, Mathematical Concepts, Radio Frequency Identification Device, Respiratory Tract Infections, epidemiology, transmission, Social Behavior, Social Participation
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 22687447
Web of Science ID: 310631700001


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