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This mixed method study investigated public engagement with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The growing social scientific literature on public engagement with emerging infectious diseases provided the context. Such engagement can range from anxious, alarmist responses, to more distancing reactions in which ‘risk groups’ are invoked and the sense of invulnerability and equanimity of those not belonging to such groups maintained.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Public engagement with MRSA, public understanding of emerging infectious disease, the interplay between media and lay understandings of emerging infectious diseases, impact of MRSA on people's reported thoughts, feelings and practices pertaining to hospital attendance, hygiene and antibiotic use.
Greater London, access to information, age, antibiotics, attitudes, bacterial and virus diseases, care standards, cleaning, cleaning agents, cleaning services, dissemination of information, employees, ethnic groups, fear, foreign workers, gender, health behaviour, health care costs, health expenditure, health policy, health priorities, health professionals, health promotion and education, health risks, hospital services, information sources, information transfer, mass media, mass media bias, mass media coverage, medicinal drugs, MRSA, newspaper readership, nurses, nursing care, occupations, patients, personal hygiene, political allegiance, press, private health services, public health, qualifications, safety and security measures, self-employed, state health services, subcontracting, supervisory status, washing facilities
Identifier Variables
Area of Health System
Public health
Disease Area
Data Available
Risk behaviours
Data collecting organization (s)
University College London. Department of Psychology and Imperial College London. Faculty of Medicine
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis

Adults residing in Greater London in 2006-2007, where half had at least one overnight stay in a hospital within the 12 months prior to the interview. 60 cases.

ESDS Qualidata, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access