Review: Using decision aids to support self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Review: Using decision aids to support self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Review: Using decision aids to support self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic

This study demonstrated the advantage of experimental testing and effectiveness of decision trees for improving public health communication.

In this online experiment, researchers tested behaviorally informed decision aids to support self-isolation. They found that using decision trees improved patients’ decisions about when self-isolation was necessary, but they still underestimated the need to self-isolate in the presence of less common COVID-19 symptoms. Using the decision aids also increased confidence about coping with self-isolation. By presenting information in infographic formats, individuals were able to better recall and comprehend how to manage self-isolation.

|2020-06-09T11:54:44-04:00June 9th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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