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News and briefs: Research looks to give residents a vaccination education

Residency Program Insider, April 17, 2012

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In response to an increasing number of adults declining vaccination for them and their children, a project team in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, California disclosed its findings on a two-year study involving resident education on vaccination safety communication. The project sought to identify gaps in this education via an online resident survey, as well as six focus groups conducted at primary care residency programs and three focus groups including practicing pediatricians.

The survey data indicates the top three reasons given to residents by patients or parents of patients for refusing immunization are:

·         Vaccines may cause autism or developmental disabilities (72.9%)

·         Vaccines are “too new” and have not been tested enough (61.5%)

·         Too many vaccines given during a single doctor’s visit or child’s first two years (59.7%)

Project members formatted the data into a curriculum to help teach residents how to counsel parents and patients to increase vaccination rates.

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