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Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic it has become increasingly clear that public opinion around health and the public perception of it is vitally important to health improvement of the population. For example, there has been an increased reluctance to vaccinate according to the WHO, despite the wide ...

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic it has become increasingly clear that public opinion around health and the public perception of it is vitally important to health improvement of the population. For example, there has been an increased reluctance to vaccinate according to the WHO, despite the wide availability of vaccines and even in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reasons for this are complex, which is why it is important to improve the understanding of general publics’ health perspectives and opinions. Research shows that it is not only the access and availability of services but also individuals’ predisposition to use healthcare and perceived need for healthcare determine healthcare utilization. Social, demographic, cultural factors, and availability and quality of health information may shape the individual’s and public’s perception and attitude towards healthcare.

The aim of this Research Topic is to explore public health attitudes towards different aspects of health and wellbeing, looking into public perceptions of healthcare and medicine. We would like to address these opinions, look at the patterns between different communities, and determine how this affects the overall health of the population. We would also like to highlight the differences in health and wellbeing perceptions in different communities with the goal to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Considering these points, this Research Topic should gather manuscripts covering, but not limited to:
• The change in the perception of health due to media-based public health campaigns
• Medical preparedness in a community
• Public mistrust of medicine and medical professionals and its consequences
• Public health perspectives of the marginalized and vulnerable groups
• Public opinions on health-promoting lifestyles
• The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the public’s perception of health
• How digital or print media may shape public health opinions
• Changing public's perception and priority towards healthcare during wars and armed conflicts

Keywords: public perspectives, public opinion, public health, wellbeing


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