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Novel immunization reminder/recall approaches: rural and urban differences in parent perceptions.
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PMID:  24767778     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the following among parents of young children: 1) preferences about the source of immunization reminder/recall (R/R) messages, 2) the degree of acceptability of different R/R modalities, and 3) factors that influence preferences, including rural and urban characteristics.
METHODS: We conducted a survey among parents of children 19 to 35 months old who needed ≥1 immunization according to the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). Equal numbers of urban and rural respondents were randomly selected. Up to 4 surveys were mailed to each parent who had a valid address.
RESULTS: After removing invalid addresses, the response rate was 55% (334 of 607). Half of parents (49.7%) had no preference about whether the public health department or their child's doctor sent reminders. Urban parents were more likely to prefer R/R come from their child's doctor (46.7%) compared to rural parents (33.7%), P = .003. Mail was the preferred R/R method (57.7%), then telephone (17.0%), e-mail (12.7%), and text message (10.7%). Although not preferred, 60.1% reported it would be acceptable to receive R/R by e-mail and 46.2% by text message. Factors associated with preferring to receive R/R from their child's doctor were urban residence and educational level of college graduate or greater.
CONCLUSIONS: A large portion of parents are willing to be reminded about vaccinations by their health department rather than their child's provider and via novel modalities, such as e-mail or text messaging. Urbanicity and higher educational level were associated with preferring that R/R come from a provider.
Alison W Saville; Brenda Beaty; L Miriam Dickinson; Steven Lockhart; Allison Kempe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Academic pediatrics     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1876-2867     ISO Abbreviation:  Acad Pediatr     Publication Date:    2014 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-04-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101499145     Medline TA:  Acad Pediatr     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  249-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2014 Academic Pediatric Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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