Diagnosing foodborne illness: A behavioral analysis of barriers to testing

G. Kaptan, B. Fischhoff

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Public health authorities rely on the timely flow of laboratory results to detect and control food-borne illnesses. At times, social and economic barriers limit individuals’ ability to get needed tests. We demonstrate a simple behavioral approach to assess the cost-effectiveness of interventions designed to remove three social and economic barriers to testing individuals with acute diarrheal illness: testing costs, income loss, and inconvenience. We use readily available statistics to rank programs by their cost effectiveness to identify those most worthy of studying in greater detail.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-72
JournalJournal of Public Health Policy
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • population-based estimate
  • united-states
  • foodborne disease
  • infectious diarrhea
  • surveillance
  • burden
  • outbreaks
  • guidelines
  • etiology
  • workers


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