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Public preferences over efficiency, equity and autonomy in vaccination policy: an empirical study

Luyten, Jeroen, Dorgali, Veronica, Hens, Niel and Beutels, Philippe (2013) Public preferences over efficiency, equity and autonomy in vaccination policy: an empirical study. Social Science and Medicine, 77. pp. 84-89. ISSN 0277-9536

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.11.009

Abstract

Vaccination programs increasingly have to comply with standards of evidence-based decision making. However, such a framework tends to ignore social and ethical sensitivities, risking policy choices that lack crucial public support. Research is needed under which circumstances and to which extent equity and autonomy should prevail over effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in matters of infectious disease prevention. We report on a study investigating public preferences over various vaccination policy options, based on a population survey held in Flanders, Belgium (N = 1049) between March and July 2011. We found (1) that public support varied considerably between policies that were equally efficient in preventing disease but differed according to target group or incentives to improve uptake and (2) that preferences over the use of legal compulsion, financial accountability or the offering of rewards appear to be driven by individuals' social orientation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/social-science-an...
Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2014 15:59
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 01:34
Projects: FWO, project number G098911N, IWT, project number 060081
Funders: The Research Foundation, Flanders, Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59715

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