Dr. Thomas Carr
Using the theoretical basis of simple epidemic models, we will examine how information can spread through a population. Specifically, the acquisition of new information (i.e. through pamphlets, physicians, health education programs) will be made analogous to that of an infection. The paper will include: 1) the relevance of epidemic modeling for a social contact application 2) a discussion of the possible models and their implications for conceptualizing information spread 3) the findings from a pilot study conducted with breast cancer patients in a hospital in Vietnam. With our exploration of this application, we hope to supplement intervention programs seeking to improve health education of patients with defined parameters to consider and a method of collecting empirical data concerning contact transmission.
Engaged Learning 2014, math, Vietnam, breast caner
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Giap, Fantine, "Breast Cancer in Vietnam: Pamphlets as a Teaching Tool" (2014). Collection of Engaged Learning. 87.