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Knowledge of the childhood immunization schedule and of contraindications to vaccinate by private and public providers in Los Angeles.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8822287     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Missed opportunities to vaccinate occur commonly and contribute to the underimmunization of young children. They are related to provider knowledge of the immunization schedule and contraindications to vaccination. METHODS: We surveyed private physicians (n = 50) and public health department physicians and nurses (n = 47). The questionnaire presented two sets of clinical scenarios in which they had to assess what immunizations were due and assess whether there were any contraindications to vaccination. RESULTS: The mean percent correct responses on the immunization schedule questions was 64% (sd = 3.6%) for the private physicians, 71% (SD = 4.7%) for the public physicians and 78% (SD = 2.8%) for the public nurses (P = 0.04). The mean percent correct responses on the contraindications to vaccinate questions was 73% (SD = 5.4%) for public physicians, 58% (SD = 3.3%) for private physicians, and 55% (SD = 4.7%) for public health nurses (P = 0.02). CONCLUSIONS: Our survey shows that providers in the public and private sectors have important deficits in their knowledge of the immunization schedule and the appropriate contraindications to vaccinate which might lead to missed opportunities to vaccinate and low immunization coverage.
D Wood; N Halfon; M Pereyra; J S Hamlin; M Grabowsky
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Pediatric infectious disease journal     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0891-3668     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr. Infect. Dis. J.     Publication Date:  1996 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-06     Completed Date:  1996-12-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8701858     Medline TA:  Pediatr Infect Dis J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  140-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
RAND, Santa Monica, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Data Collection
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Immunization Schedule*
Los Angeles
Multivariate Analysis
Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
Private Practice
Sampling Studies
Vaccination / contraindications*,  standards,  trends
Grant Support
200-91-0942//PHS HHS

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