Rhiannon Edge

Senior Research Associate in Biostatistics: longitudinal data analysis, 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