This thesis focuses on risk perception and behaviour of the public during the outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases. It consists of studies on Influenza A (H1N1), Q fever and Lyme disease. These studies were conducted among both the general public and specific risk groups in the Netherlands (including parents of young children and patients with a known aortic aneurysm or vascular prosthesis). This thesis describes trends over time and regional/(sub)national differences in risk perception and behaviour of the public during outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases, as well as determinants of preventive behaviour or strong intention to comply with preventive measures. Furthermore, it provides recommendations for optimizing risk communication during future emerging infectious diseases outbreaks.

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J.H. Richardus (Jan Hendrik)
Financial support for the publication of this thesis was kindly given by the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam, Municipal Public Health Service Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Vitruvian Service Centre, VDMMP consultancy, Veiligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond/GHOR, GlaxoSmithKline, and Research Agency Flycatcher.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Bults, M. (2014, January 14). Outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases: Risk perception and behaviour of the general public. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/50330