Addressing Parents' Concerns about Childhood Immunizations

A Tutorial for Primary Care Providers

The current article presented findings from a study that explored how a CD-ROM based tutorial from the Penn State Immunization Project (PSIP) impacted physicians' understanding of parent resistance to childhood immunizations. Participants in the study were 122 primary care residents who completed a survey prior to and after presentation of the PSIP tutorial.

Key Findings:

  • For survey items that assessed participants' understanding of parent resistance to childhood immunization, post intervention survey answers were correct 91 percent of the time as compared to 50 percent of the time prior to the PSIP tutorial. Significant improvement was seen on 11 of the 12 items in this section of the survey.
  • For survey items that assessed knowledge of adverse events related to childhood immunization, post intervention survey answers were correct 89 percent of the time as compared to 56 percent of the time prior to the PSIP tutorial. Significant improvement was seen on five of the eight items in this section of the survey.
  • Participants' attitudes about childhood immunization changed significantly on all five items that assessed this area. For instance, 45 percent of participants changed their attitude about parents who resist childhood immunization.