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Table 4 Main motivators and barriers for measures to prevent tick bites

From: Study on public perceptions and protective behaviors regarding Lyme disease among the general public in the Netherlands: implications for prevention programs

Wearing protective clothing %
 Motivators (n = 284)  
  “wearing protective clothing is effective” 53
  “high perceived chance of tick bites” 47
  “Lyme disease can be severe” 37
  “feel responsible for my health” 33
  “I follow the advice” 19
 Barriers (n = 78)  
  “wearing protective clothing during summer is too warm” 81
  “low perceived chance of tick bites” 30
  “wearing protective clothing in nature is overdone” 23
  “low perceived chance of Lyme disease” 19
Using insect repellent skin products  
 Motivators (n = 86)  
  “Lyme disease can be severe” 45
  “feel responsible for my health” 40
  “high perceived chance of tick bites” 38
  “using repellent skin products is effective” 34
  “I follow the advice” 29
 Barriers (n = 276)  
  “do not belief it is effective” 34
  “do not like to use insect repellent products for my skin” 32
  “too little information is provided” 27
  “low perceived chance of tick bites” 23
  “using insect repellent skin products is overdone” 22
  “I am not familiar with insect repellent skin products” 19
Checking skin after being outdoors/remove tick  
 Motivators (n = 353)  
  “Lyme disease can be severe” 64
  “checking skin/remove tick is effective” 48
  “feel responsible for my health” 44
  “I follow the advice” 25
  “high perceived chance of tick bites” 18
  “high perceived chance of Lyme disease” 16
 Barriers (n = 108)  
  “low perceived chance of tick bites” 35
  “do not know how to recognize a tick” 19
  “check my skin after being outdoors is overdone” 19
  “do not know how to remove a tick” 16
  “too little information is provided” 16
  1. Reasons reported by <15% of the respondents are not included in this table.