Doctors Work to Ease Vaccine Fears
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Pediatricians face growing numbers of parents who question or reject vaccinations for their children. Now, public health experts are working on new ways to help these doctors hone their pitches to families. A study of 111 patient discussions about vaccines involving 16 medical providers, published in the journal Pediatrics in December 2013, found that 83% of parents resisted vaccines for their children when the provider started off with “participatory” language, such as, “What do you want to do about shots?” Lead study author Dr. Douglas Opel, a general pediatrician at Seattle Children’s and assistant professor at the University of Washington, said that shared decision making with patients doesn’t apply to vaccinations, because the recommended immunization schedule is the only medically acceptable choice. But he said it is important to address their concerns.
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