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The relative importance of vulnerability and efficiency in COVID-19 contact tracing programmes: a discrete choice experiment

Wang, Yi, Faradiba, Dian, Del Rio Vilas, Victor J., Asaria, Miqdad ORCID: 0000-0002-3538-4417, Chen, Yu Ting, Babigumira, Joseph Brian, Dabak, Saudamini Vishwanath and Wee, Hwee-lin (2022) The relative importance of vulnerability and efficiency in COVID-19 contact tracing programmes: a discrete choice experiment. International Journal of Public Health, 67. ISSN 1661-8556

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Identification Number: 10.3389/ijph.2022.1604958

Abstract

Objectives: This study aims to assess the trade-offs between vulnerability and efficiency attributes of contact tracing programmes based on preferences of COVID-19 contact tracing practitioners, researchers and other relevant stakeholders at the global level. Methods: We conducted an online discrete choice experiment (DCE). Respondents were recruited globally to explore preferences according to country income level and the prevailing epidemiology of COVID-19 in the local setting. The DCE attributes represented efficiency (timeliness, completeness, number of contacts), vulnerability (vulnerable population), cooperation and privacy. A mixed-logit model and latent class analysis were used. Results: The number of respondents was 181. Timeliness was the most important attribute regardless of country income level and COVID-19 epidemiological condition. Vulnerability of contacts was the second most important attribute for low-to-lower-middleincome countries and third for upper-middle-to-high income countries. When normalised against conditional relative importance of timeliness, conditional relative importance of vulnerability ranged from 0.38 to 0.42. Conclusion: Vulnerability and efficiency criteria were both considered to be important attributes of contact tracing programmes. However, the relative values placed on these criteria varied significantly between epidemiological and economic context.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s).
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2022 13:12
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2024 07:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115607

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