Quarantine: factors associated with adherence
Citation: Webster RK, Brooks SK, Smith LE, et al. How to improve adherence with quarantine: Rapid review of the evidence. medRxiv 2020; March 20 (pre-print)
What is this? During the COVID-19 pandemic, some people are in quarantine to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.
This is a rapid review, which has been made available as a preprint before being peer reviewed or published in a journal. The authors searched for research into factors that affect people’s adherence to quarantine. They restricted their search to articles published in English, Italian and French and did their most recent search on 30 January 2020. They identified 14 studies and identified nine factors associated with adherence to quarantine.
What was found: The main factors that influenced or were associated with adherence to quarantine were the knowledge people had about the disease and quarantine procedure, social norms, perceived benefits of quarantine and perceived risk of the disease, and practical issues such as running out of supplies or the financial consequences of being out of work.
What’s uncertain: The effects of demographic and employment factors, and of the length of quarantine, are uncertain.
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