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Childhood immunization: Meeting targets yet respecting consent

Alderson, P; Mayall, B; Barker, S; Henderson, J; Pratten, B; (1997) Childhood immunization: Meeting targets yet respecting consent. European Journal of Public Health , 7 (1) pp. 95-100. 10.1093/eurpub/7.1.95. Green open access

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Abstract

In England and Wales, general practitioners receive extra payments when they meet set targets, that certain percentages of their youngest patients are immunised. Fifty eight primary health care practitioners were interviewed about their views on childhood immunisation, and how targets with financial incentives might affect parents' choice about immunisation. They were asked about two responsibilities which can potentially be in conflict: to increase rates of childhood immunisation, yet also to respect parents' voluntary choice about whether their child is immunised. Professionals' reported uncertainties and disagreements are described, and the view that these can be resolved through training in communication skills is discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Childhood immunization: Meeting targets yet respecting consent
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/7.1.95
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/7.1.95
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: childhood immunisation, consent, risk, communication skills
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1493959
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