Diagnosing foodborne illness: A behavioral analysis of barriers to testing
Kaptan, G. ; Fischhoff, B. - \ 2011
Journal of Public Health Policy 32 (2011). - ISSN 0197-5897 - p. 60 - 72.
population-based estimate - united-states - foodborne disease - infectious diarrhea - surveillance - burden - outbreaks - guidelines - etiology - workers
Public health authorities rely on the timely flow of laboratory results to detect and control food-borne illnesses. At times, social and economic barriers limit individuals’ ability to get needed tests. We demonstrate a simple behavioral approach to assess the cost-effectiveness of interventions designed to remove three social and economic barriers to testing individuals with acute diarrheal illness: testing costs, income loss, and inconvenience. We use readily available statistics to rank programs by their cost effectiveness to identify those most worthy of studying in greater detail.