Network Epidemiology: A Handbook for Survey Design and Data Collection

Hardcover | September 30, 2004

EditorMartina Morris

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Over the past two decades, the epidemic of HIV/AIDS has challenged the public health community to fundamentally rethink the framework for preventing infectious diseases. While much progress has been made on the biomedical front in treatments for HIV infection, prevention still relies onbehaviour change. This book documents and explains the remarkable breakthroughs in behavioural research design that have emerged to confront this new challenge: the study of partnership networks.Traditionally, public health research focused on the "knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP)" of individuals, an approach designed for understanding health-related behaviour like seat-belt wearing and cigarette smoking. For HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, however, there are atleast two people involved in transmission. This may not seem like a big difference, but in fact it changes everything. First, it means that your risk depends on your partners -- and on their partners, and their partners: it depends on your position in the network of partnerships. Consider, forexample, the rise of infections among monogamous women. Second, it means that individuals are not free to simply change their behaviour -- condom use, or abstinence, needs to be negotiated with a partner. both the epidemiology of risk and constraints to behaviour are therefore a function of thepartnership network. And our ability to design effective prevention strategies depends on our ability to measure and summarize that network. Using the traditional research designs, you would not see this network at all -- you would only see the unconnected nodes. They key to solving this problemlies in Network Analysis, before now a relatively obscure subfield in Sociology.For empirical studies of networks to become feasible, however, many problems had to be solved. This book documents the rapid progress that has been made. It brings together eight pioneering studies that have sought to map the networks that spread infection around the world. Each chapter reviews thequestions that drove the study, the changes in methodology that were needed to implement the network survey, the mistakes and successes encountered, and the central findings that the network design made possible. An introduction provides an overview of network survey design, a glossary provides asummary of network terminology, and example questionnaires from each study provide a template for further research. This is a unique and valuable resource for the international public health research community.

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Over the past two decades, the epidemic of HIV/AIDS has challenged the public health community to fundamentally rethink the framework for preventing infectious diseases. While much progress has been made on the biomedical front in treatments for HIV infection, prevention still relies onbehaviour change. This book documents and explains...

Professor Martina Morris is Blumstein-Jordan Chair in the Departments of Sociology and Statistics at the University of Washington. She is also Director of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, Director of the Sociobehavioural and Prevention Research Core at the Center for AIDS Research, and Co-Director of the Behaviour Res...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.76 inPublished:September 30, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Martina Morris: Editor's IntroductionMartina Morris: Overview of Network Survey DesignsLocal Network Designs1. Edward O. Laumann, Jenna Mahay, Anthony Paik, Yoosik Youm University of Chicago: Network data collection and its relevance for the analysis of STDs: The National Health and Social Life Survey, and Chicago Health and Social Life Survey2. Martina Morris, Maria J. Wawer, Chai Podhisita, Tony Pramualratana, Nelson Sewankambo, David Serwadda: The Thailand and Ugandan Sexual Network Studies3. Carael M, Glynn JR, Lagarde E, Morison L for the Study Group on Heterogeneity of HIV in African Cities: Sexual networks and HIV in four African populations: the use of a standardised behavioural survey with biological markersPartial Network Designs4. John J Potterat, Donald E Woodhouse, Stephen Q Muth, Richard B Rothenberg, William W Darrow, Alden S Klovdahl, John B Muth: Network dynamism: history and lessons of the Colorado Springs study5. Richard Rothenberg, David Long, Claire Sterk, Al Pach, Robert Trotter, Julie Baldwin, Carol Maxwell: The Urban and Rural Networks Project (Atlanta and Flagstaff)6. Sevgi O. Aral, Ph.D., Jim Hughes, Ph.D., Pamina Gorbach, Dr.P.H., Bradley Stoner, M.D., Ph.D., Lisa Manhart, M.P.H., Geoff Garnett, Ph.D., Betsy Foxman, Ph.D., Matthew Golden, M.D., M.P.H., King K. Holmes, M.D., Ph.D.: The Seattle Sexual Mixing, Sexual Networks, and Sexual Partnership TypesStudiesComplete Network Designs7. Ronald R. Rindfuss, Aree Jampaklay, Barbara Entwisle, Yothin Sawangdee, Katherine Faust, Pramote Prasartkul: The Collection and Analysis of Social Network Data in Nang Rong, Thailand8. Peter S. Bearman, James Moody, Katherine Stovel, Lisa Thalji: Social and Sexual Networks: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent HealthIndex