Methods for measuring short-term geographical mobility used in infectious disease research: a scoping review protocol


Katherine O Robsky, Khai Hoan Tram, David W Dowdy, Jon Zelner



Geographical mobility, the movement of individuals or populations, may increase an individual’s risk of acquiring or transmitting infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and COVID-19. Many studies have collected information on short-term mobility through self-reported travel histories or using GPS trackers, but there has been no consistent conceptualisation and operationalisation of such geographical mobility in global health research. This protocol aims to describe and synthesise different approaches to measuring short-term mobility.