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Differences in perception of risk between people who have and have not experienced Salmonella food poisoning.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15028018     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It is believed that food hygiene precautions in domestic kitchens are an important strategy in efforts to reduce the incidence of sporadic food poisoning, but recent research has shown that people who have suffered food poisoning handle the same types of foods and adopt similar food hygiene precautions in their kitchens to the rest of the population. This suggests the need to examine other factors. A case-control study of sporadic Salmonella food poisoning was conducted to investigate several domestic kitchen risk factors. Measures of perception of risk, knowledge, and control associated with food poisoning in case and control respondents are reported here. It was found that perceived personal risk from food poisoning in the home was less than perceived risk to other people. In contrast, ratings of personal knowledge about food poisoning and personal control over food poisoning in the home were seen to be greater than other people's knowledge and control. There were no differences between the cases and the controls in their ratings of knowledge about food poisoning or their control over food poisoning. However, cases perceived their personal risk from food poisoning to be higher than controls. Both case and control samples exhibited optimistic bias but this was reduced in the case sample, suggesting that experience with food poisoning may reduce optimistic bias.
Sharon M Parry; Susan Miles; Ascanio Tridente; Stephen R Palmer;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0272-4332     ISO Abbreviation:  Risk Anal.     Publication Date:  2004 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-18     Completed Date:  2004-04-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109978     Medline TA:  Risk Anal     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  289-99     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Epidemiology, Statistics and Public Health, University of Whales College of Medicine, Health Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Food Handling
Middle Aged
Risk Assessment
Salmonella Food Poisoning / etiology,  prevention & control*,  psychology

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