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Health and Social Consequences of the Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic in North Cumbria, 2001-2003

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SN: 5407
Title: Health and Social Consequences of the Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic in North Cumbria, 2001-2003
Alternative title: Health and Social Consequences of the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5407-1
Depositor: Mort, M., Lancaster University. Institute for Health Research
Principal investigator(s): Mort, M., Lancaster University. Institute for Health Research
Sponsor(s): Department of Health
Grant number: 121/7499


The citation for this study is:

Mort, M. (2006). Health and Social Consequences of the Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic in North Cumbria, 2001-2003. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 5407,

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Subject Categories

Community and urban studies - Society and culture
Rural life - Society and culture
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Specific diseases and medical conditions - Health


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The 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) epidemic had a profound effect on the economic, social and political life of rural Britain. Unlike the other official FMD inquiries which focused on economic and agricultural policy issues, this research was designed to produce evidence about the human health and social consequences of the epidemic. The research was based in the Cumbria area, where economic, social and political life was greatly affected by the FMD outbreak. A standing 'citizen' panel of 54 respondents was professionally recruited to inform the study which was designed around weekly free-text diaries which document the effects of the disaster and the process of recovery.

The research design was influenced by the 'Mass Observation' approach and placed respondents at the centre of knowledge generation, as 'experts' in contributing to the understanding of 'a traumatic and devastating experience for all those who were affected by it. It was a national crisis and was probably one of the greatest social upheavals since the war' (Anderson Inquiry Report, 2002). The panel was recruited to reflect a broad range of occupations including farmers and their families, workers in related agricultural occupations, those in small businesses including tourism, hotel trades and rural business, health professionals, veterinary practitioners, voluntary organisations and residents living near disposal sites. The panel members produced 3,200 weekly diaries of enormous intensity and diversity over an 18 month period. The data were supplemented by in-depth interviews with each respondent, and focus group discussions, and in addition, 16 other interviews with stakeholders were conducted. All material was transcribed and digitised.

The research findings are relevant for the understanding of the kind of support people need both in disaster situations and during the recovery process. The research will also aid the development of rural policy more generally. As much of the material views the disaster over time and through the domestic 'lens', the material offers both immediacy of contact with this event and insight into rural life at the beginning of the 21st century.

Further information may be found on the Health and Social Consequences of the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic project web pages (hosted at Lancaster University).
Main Topics:
The data collection includes 42 individual semi-structured interview transcripts, 40 semi-structured diaries, 6 focus group transcripts, and 1 audiomontage transcript. Topics covered in the interviews and focus group discussions include perceptions and effects of the FMD crisis and its effects on life and livelihood in Cumbria.

Audio files are also available for the individual interviews and focus groups, but users should note that access to these, and to seven newsletters also included in the collection (produced by the research team and distributed to respondents during the project), is subject to the depositor's permission.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 2001 - 2003
Country: England
Geography: Cumbria
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
Individual (micro) level
Semi-structured interview transcripts
Focus Group transcripts
Semi-structured diaries
Universe: Subnational
Residents in the Cumbria area during 2001-2003
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: Volunteer sample
An independent professional recruited respondents to a demographic profile agreed by the project steering group. See documentation for further details.
Number of units: 42 individual interview transcripts, 40 diaries, 6 focus group transcripts and 1 audiomontage transcript.
The collection also includes 42 individual interview audio files, 7 focus group audio files, 1 audiomontage and 7 newsletters, but access to these is subject to permission from the depositor.
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Diaries; Compilation or synthesis of existing material; Focus group; Audio recording
Weighting: Not applicable

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 03 November 2006
Copyright: Copyright Lancaster University
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Please note: Access to the audio files and newsletters in the collection is subject to permission from the depositor. Please get in touch with the UK Data Service for details.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Data List q5407ulist.xls 38
Final Report 5407finalreport.pdf 2745
Study Publications 5407publications.pdf 1015
Documentation index file in5407.pdf 17
Data List q5407ulist.pdf 31
User Guide q5407userguide.pdf 312
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5407_Information.htm 21
READ File read5407.htm 4
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