Differences in exposure to negative news media are associated with lower levels of HPV vaccine coverage

May 1, 2017 § 1 Comment

adam g. dunn

Over the weekend, our new article in Vaccine was published. It describes how we found links between human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine coverage in the United States and information exposure measures derived from Twitter data.

Our research demonstrates—for the first time—that states disproportionately exposed to more negative news media have lower levels of HPV vaccine coverage. What we are talking about here is the informational equivalent of: you are what you eat.

There are two nuanced things that I think make the results especially compelling. First, they show that Twitter data does a better job of explaining differences in coverage than socioeconomic indicators related to how easy it is to access HPV vaccines. Second, that the correlations are strongest for initiation (getting your first dose) than for completion (getting your third dose). If we go ahead and assume that information exposure captures something about acceptance, and that socioeconomic differences (insurance, education, poverty, etc.) signal differences…

View original post 979 more words

§ One Response to Differences in exposure to negative news media are associated with lower levels of HPV vaccine coverage

  • enricocoiera says:

    I thought I’d share this wonderful piece of computational epidemiology work that was led by my colleague Adam Dunn, and in which I had the pleasure to participate. It is a fantastic demonstration of the very powerful ways even apparently ‘noisy’ non-clinical data can inform public health policy, and indeed be used for near-real time population health surveillance.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

What’s this?

You are currently reading Differences in exposure to negative news media are associated with lower levels of HPV vaccine coverage at The Guide to Health Informatics 3rd Edition.

meta

%d bloggers like this: