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Title: Framing risk in pandemic influenza policy and control
Authors: Theresa Seetoh
Marco Liverani
Richard Coker
Mahidol University
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2012
Citation: Global Public Health. Vol.7, No.7 (2012), 717-730
Abstract: This article explores differing understandings of 'risk' in relation to pandemic influenza policy and control. After a preliminary overview of methodological and practical problems in risk analysis, ways in which risk was framed and managed in three historical cases were examined. The interdependence between scientific empiricism and political decision-making led to the mismanagement of the 1976 swine influenza scare in the USA. The 2004 H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in Thailand, on the other hand, was undermined by questions of national economic interest and concerns over global health security. Finally, the recent global emergency of pandemic influenza H1N1 in 2009 demonstrated the difficulties of risk management under a context of pre-established perceptions about the characteristics and inevitability of a pandemic. Following the analysis of these cases, a conceptual framework is presented to illustrate ways in which changing relationships between risk assessment, risk perception and risk management can result in differing policy strategies. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
ISSN: 17441706
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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