Jackie A Cassell

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Improving childhood vaccination coverage is a key health policy objective in Africa, and as availability increases, it will depend on addressing issues of demand and timely schedule completion. This paper explores vaccination demand in urban and rural areas of The Gambia as shaped by prevailing local vaccination cultures (comprising maternal knowledge and(More)
In the context of the high-profile controversy that has unfolded in the UK around the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and its possible adverse effects, this paper explores how parents in Brighton, southern England, are thinking about MMR for their own children. Research focusing on parents' engagement with MMR has been dominated by analysis of the(More)
OBJECTIVES (1) To explore the social and cultural influences, and health beliefs associated with low uptake of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella vaccine). (2) To describe and explore the prevalence of health beliefs associated with non-compliance with MMR, with a view to improving the personal relevance and impact of information for parents, in the context of(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the contribution of primary care to the diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections in the United Kingdom, 1990-2000, in the context of increasing incidence of infections in genitourinary medicine clinics. DESIGN Population based study. SETTING UK primary care. PARTICIPANTS Patients registered in the UK general(More)
For many diseases (e.g., sexually transmitted infections, STIs), most individuals are aware of the potential risks of becoming infected, but choose not to take action ('respond') despite the information that aims to raise awareness and to increases the responsiveness or alertness of the population. We propose a simple mathematical model that accounts for(More)
BACKGROUND Sexual health promotion is a major public health challenge; there is huge potential for health promotion via technology such as the Internet. OBJECTIVES To determine effects of interactive computer-based interventions (ICBI) for sexual health promotion, considering cognitive, behavioural, biological and economic outcomes. SEARCH STRATEGY We(More)
OBJECTIVES Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in UK young people remain high in men and women. However, the National Chlamydia Screening Programme has had limited success in reaching men. The authors explored the acceptability of various medical, recreational and sports venues as settings to access self-collected testing kits for STIs and HIV(More)
Ethics committees now require that individuals give informed consent to much health services research, in the same way as for clinical research. This is misguided. Existing ethical guidelines do not help us decide how to seek consent in these cases, and have allowed managerial experimentation to remain largely unchecked. Inappropriate requirements for(More)
Tjeerd-Pieter van Staa head of research and honorary professor of epidemiology 1 2 , Ben Goldacre research fellow , Martin Gulliford professor of public health , Jackie Cassell professor of primary care epidemiology , Munir Pirmohamed NHS chair of pharmacogenetics , Adel Taweel senior lecturer in software engineering , Brendan Delaney Guy’s and St Thomas’(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the effectiveness of methods to improve partner notification by patient referral (index patient has responsibility for informing sex partners of their exposure to a sexually transmitted infection). DESIGN Systematic review of randomised trials of any intervention to supplement simple patient referral. DATA SOURCES Seven electronic(More)