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Epidemiol Infect. 2012 Dec;140(12):2117-30. doi: 10.1017/S0950268812000842. Epub 2012 Jun 12.

Close encounters of the infectious kind: methods to measure social mixing behaviour.

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Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, UK. jonread@liverpool.ac.uk

Abstract

A central tenet of close-contact or respiratory infection epidemiology is that infection patterns within human populations are related to underlying patterns of social interaction. Until recently, few researchers had attempted to quantify potentially infectious encounters made between people. Now, however, several studies have quantified social mixing behaviour, using a variety of methods. Here, we review the methodologies employed, suggest other appropriate methods and technologies, and outline future research challenges for this rapidly advancing field of research.

PMID:
22687447
PMCID:
PMC4288744
DOI:
10.1017/S0950268812000842
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