Parents’ difficulties with decisions about childhood immunisation.

Austin, H., Campion-Smith, C., Thomas, S. and Ward, W., 2008. Parents’ difficulties with decisions about childhood immunisation. Community Practitioner, 81 (10), pp. 32-35.

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Abstract

Uptake of childhood immunisation fluctuates in the UK. Convenience, access and parents’ relationships with professionals influence uptake. This study explores the decision-making by parents about their children’s immunisation through focus groups with analysis to identify categories of concern. Issues raised in focus groups included fear, risk, anger, worry and guilt, confusion, difficulty of decision-making and trust of professionals. The parents of completely and incompletely immunised children shared areas of concern, but there were also significant differences. There was a subset of parents of incompletely immunised children who had decided that their children would not have full immunisation, and this group had little trust in information provided by healthcare professionals. Simply providing more information is unlikely to change their decision.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1462-2815
Uncontrolled Keywords:Immunisation, decision-making, trust
Subjects:Technology > Medicine and Health
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:7599
Deposited By:Mrs Anita Somner LEFT
Deposited On:06 Feb 2009 17:19
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 14:57

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