New articles in the GANM Library: COVID-19 and Vaccine Confidence

Sep 14, 2020

Dear GANM community,


Health knowledge and overall trust between patient and provider are two of the most important constructs of healthcare today. In this week’s edition of the GANM library research brief we would like to bring to you two new articles published in The Lancet centering around those constructs.



Figueiredo, A., Simas, C., Karafillakis, E., & Paterson, P. (2020). Mapping global trends in vaccine confidence and investigating barriers to vaccine uptake: A large-scale retrospective temporal modelling study. The Lancet.


In a recent study, researchers sought to map global trends in vaccine confidence on a large scale. Retrospectively, the authors used data from surveys between 2015-2019 on vaccine confidence. Results showed a decrease in confidence between 2015-2019 in six main countries, but an increase in some European Union states between 2018-2019. This study eludes to the importance of vaccine monitoring in order to detect and intervene appropriately to outbreaks and overall confidence.



Zhou, F., Li, J., Lu, M., Ma, L., Pan, Y., Liu, X., Hu, C., Wu, S., Chen, L., Wang, Y. Wei, Y., Li, Y., Xu, H., Wang, X. (2020). Tracing asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers among 3764 hospital staff: A cross-sectional survey. The Lancet.


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact countless lives across the globe many researchers are working day in and day out to understand the virus. Tracing asymptomatic carriers of the virus has quickly become one the key components of infection prevention practices and this tracing was recently conducted among hospital staff in a cross-sectional survey. 3764 staff members were included in the study with 126 having abnormal findings. Due to the findings the authors urge institutions to provide COVID-19 prevention training to staff and screen for asymptomatic patients as well. 

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