New Way to Tackle Vaccine Hesitancy is Tested, Found to be Lacking

New Way to Tackle Vaccine Hesitancy is Tested, Found to be Lacking

Source: Infection Control Today

Group Health Research Institute conducted the first randomized trial to test an intervention aimed at improving hesitancy about early childhood vaccines by working directly with doctors. Vax Northwest, a Washington state public-private partnership, developed the intervention. The results are reported in Pediatrics in "Physician Communication Training and Parental Vaccine Hesitancy: A Randomized Trial," with an accompanying editorial: "Physician Communication with Vaccine-Hesitant Parents: The Start, Not the End, of the Story." The study found that vaccine hesitancy rates declined slightly in both the 30 intervention and 26 control clinics over the six-month study period--and did not differ significantly between them. The intervention did not change either mothers' vaccine hesitancy, or doctors' confidence in communicating about vaccines. Dr. Douglas Opel of Seattle Children’s is quoted in this story.

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