Rhiannon Edge

Senior Teaching Associate in Population Health, PhD student

Research Overview

Influenza is one of the leading causes of respiratory infection. Vaccination is the most effective measure in preventing influenza: it decreases healthcare workers (HCW) risk, reduces staff absenteeism, and in hospitals where vaccine uptake is high, illness and mortality in patients is lower. Only 54.8% of HCW choose to be immunised despite the benefits. I propose to analyse the vaccination decision making process, and its impact on epidemic dynamics, from a social network analysis perspective. HCWs will be asked to answer a questionnaire giving details of: their social network; their vaccination status; and questions reflecting any social pressures on their decision. A social network can then be constructed and analysed.

The project has been broken down into clear aims with a view to answer the research question: ‘What are the influences and effects exerted by social networks on the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination in healthcare workers?

The thesis will be submitted in early 2017.

A mixed methods study exploring early career doctors’ and medical students’ seasonal influenza vaccination
Edge, R.L. 2017 Lancaster University. 217 p.
Doctoral Thesis

Seasonal influenza vaccination in health-care workers: the influence of consultants on the uptake of vaccination by medical students and early career doctors
Edge, R., Goodwin, D.S., Isba, R.E., Keegan, T.J. 25/11/2016
Meeting abstract

Seasonal influenza vaccination amongst medical students: a social network analysis based on a cross-sectional study
Edge, R., Heath, J., Rowlingson, B.S., Keegan, T.J., Isba, R.E. 9/10/2015 In: PLoS ONE. 10, 10, 13 p.
Journal article

Seasonal influenza in medical students: an outbreak simulation model based on a social network approach
Edge, R., Heath, J., Rowlingson, B., Keegan, T., Isba, R. 19/11/2014 In: The Lancet. 384, Supplement 2, 1 p.
Journal article