Utilization of Evidence-based Health Teaching by Providers to Improve Parents perception of Immunizations and Vaccine Schedules
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Parental refusal or delay in administering vaccines for their children has become a public health concern, contributing to an increased risk of vaccine-preventable diseases. Informed decision-making is necessary for parents deciding to immunize, helping parents understand the evidence-based information will aid in reducing concerns. The method was providing a parental education about immunizations and vaccine schedules, with the use of a health teaching corroborate, about me, science, explain/advise a (CASE) method to help families in making an informed decision to immunize. Scientific information was discussed, and take-home information and websites were provided for parents to review. A provider-parent discussion took place, with parents discussion of nonevidence-based concerns and for provider explanation, advice, and recommendations. This open dialog took place at the first and second well exam appointment, with a pre-and post-questionnaire administered before and after all discussions. A convenience sample of 25 parents with newborn children, currently new patients in a family practice of about 10,000 patients with about 25 newborns during April and May 2017 participated. The results included a response rate for the survey of 100% (25/25). A paired t-test procedure examined the difference between the pre-and post-questionnaire means. The mean score of 4.67 with the value of t-2.325273 and a value of p-0.024259 showed a significate result at a p < 0.05 level. The project assumption that education with evidence-based information and provider communications is valuable to parents when making an informed decision was confirmed.
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