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Table 1 Key-findings at a glance

From: Online respondent-driven detection for enhanced contact tracing of close-contact infectious diseases: benefits and barriers for public health practice

How may RDD (not) benefit CT? PHPs anticipated that RDD may…
• …accommodate easy and autonomous participation in CT by index cases and contact persons,
• …increase the efficiency of CT,
• …limit opportunities for PHPs to support, motivate, and coordinate the execution of CT,
• …complicate conveying measures to index cases and contact persons,
• …lead to unrest among index cases and contact persons.
When may RDD be applied for CT and when not? • RDD may be particularly applicable in situations that involve digitally skilled and literate persons, and many contact persons.
• RDD may be less applicable in situations that involve the risk of (severe) consequences for individual or public health, when complex or impactful measures may need to be taken to prevent further spread of a pathogen, and when a disease is perceived as severe or sensitive by index cases and contact persons.
Would PHPs like to use RDD for CT in practice? • A majority of PHPs (71%) indicated that they would want to use RDD for CT in practice.
• The circumstances under which CT is performed appear to strongly influence PHPs’ anticipated (dis)advantages of RDD and their intention to use RDD for CT in practice.