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Using decision aids to support self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. ESRI Working Paper 664 May 2020.

Lunn, Pete and Timmons, Shane and Julienne, Hannah and Belton, Cameron and Barjaková, Martina and Lavin, Ciarán and McGowan, Féidhlim (2020) Using decision aids to support self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. ESRI Working Paper 664 May 2020. [Working Paper]

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    Self-isolation is a vital element of efforts to contain COVID-19. We report an online experiment with a nationally representative sample (N=500) that tested behaviourally informed decision aids to support self-isolation. The experiment had three stages that tested interventions designed to help individuals to: (i) decide whether they need to self-isolate; (ii) be confident in their ability to self-isolate should they need to; and (iii) manage a household in which an individual needs to selfisolate. Relative to prevailing public health advice, displaying decision trees improved participants’ decisions about when selfisolation was necessary, although they systematically underestimated the need to self-isolate in the presence of less common COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. sore throat, fatigue). Interaction with an online planning tool increased confidence about coping with self-isolation among adults aged under 40. Presenting advice in the form of infographics improved recall and comprehension of how to manage self-isolation. The study demonstrates how public health policy can benefit from behavioural pre-testing of interventions.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > public health policy (including global activities)
    Countries > Ireland
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
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    Series: Series > Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Dublin > ESRI Working Papers
    Depositing User: Daniel Pennell
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2021 14:31
    Number of Pages: 44
    Last Modified: 15 Sep 2021 14:31

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