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Novel immunization reminder/recall approaches: rural and urban differences in parent perceptions.
Acad Pediatr. 2014 May-Jun; 14(3):249-55.APed

Abstract

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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Children's Outcomes Research Program, The Children's Hospital, Denver, Colo. Electronic address: Alison.Saville@ucdenver.edu.Children's Outcomes Research Program, The Children's Hospital, Denver, Colo; Colorado Health Outcomes Program, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colo.Children's Outcomes Research Program, The Children's Hospital, Denver, Colo; Colorado Health Outcomes Program, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colo; Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colo.Children's Outcomes Research Program, The Children's Hospital, Denver, Colo.Children's Outcomes Research Program, The Children's Hospital, Denver, Colo; Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colo.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24767778

Citation

Saville, Alison W., et al. "Novel Immunization Reminder/recall Approaches: Rural and Urban Differences in Parent Perceptions." Academic Pediatrics, vol. 14, no. 3, 2014, pp. 249-55.
Saville AW, Beaty B, Dickinson LM, et al. Novel immunization reminder/recall approaches: rural and urban differences in parent perceptions. Acad Pediatr. 2014;14(3):249-55.
Saville, A. W., Beaty, B., Dickinson, L. M., Lockhart, S., & Kempe, A. (2014). Novel immunization reminder/recall approaches: rural and urban differences in parent perceptions. Academic Pediatrics, 14(3), 249-55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2014.02.003
Saville AW, et al. Novel Immunization Reminder/recall Approaches: Rural and Urban Differences in Parent Perceptions. Acad Pediatr. 2014 May-Jun;14(3):249-55. PubMed PMID: 24767778.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Novel immunization reminder/recall approaches: rural and urban differences in parent perceptions. AU - Saville,Alison W, AU - Beaty,Brenda, AU - Dickinson,L Miriam, AU - Lockhart,Steven, AU - Kempe,Allison, PY - 2013/08/12/received PY - 2014/02/11/revised PY - 2014/02/11/accepted PY - 2014/4/29/entrez PY - 2014/4/29/pubmed PY - 2015/7/1/medline KW - centralized reminder/recall KW - immunizations KW - parent perception KW - parent preferences KW - population-based reminder/recall KW - recall and reminder message SP - 249 EP - 55 JF - Academic pediatrics JO - Acad Pediatr VL - 14 IS - 3 N2 - 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. SN - 1876-2867 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24767778/Novel_immunization_reminder/recall_approaches:_rural_and_urban_differences_in_parent_perceptions_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1876-2859(14)00055-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -