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Acad Pediatr. 2011 Jan-Feb;11(1):44-9. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2010.12.009.

Getting under the hood: exploring issues that affect provider-based recall using an immunization information system.

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  • 1Children's Outcomes Research Program, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO 80045, USA. Alison.saville@ucdenver.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess 1) pediatric practices' use of provider-based recall using an immunization information system 8 months after training on the recall process; 2) initiation and sustainability barriers to provider-based recall using an immunization information system; 3) strategies that facilitated recall initiation; and 4) recommendations for alternative approaches for conducting recall.

METHODS:

In 2008, 11 practices received training on the automatic recall function in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) for both infants and adolescents. The 2-hour computer-based training provided an opportunity for attendees to run real-time recall reports with CIIS staff assistance. Eight months later, key informant interviews were conducted with 24 providers and staff from these practices.

RESULTS:

Eight months after training, only 4 of 11 practices had implemented recall using CIIS: 3 practices recalled children ≤2 years of age, and 1 practice recalled adolescent girls for human papillomavirus vaccine. Initiation barriers included lack of awareness of baseline immunization rates, distrust in the accuracy of CIIS-generated data, and perceived difficulties recalling adolescents. Having unrealistic expectations about recall effectiveness was a barrier to sustainability. Strategies that facilitated recall included having a dedicated staff person for recall efforts and recalling children ≤2 years of age. Most key informants viewed population-based recall conducted by public health departments or schools as an acceptable alternative to provider-based recall.

CONCLUSIONS:

Even with a promising tool to assist pediatric offices, implementing provider-based recall is challenging for pediatric practices. Given existing barriers, providers expressed support for alternative recall methods.

Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Inc.

PMID:
21272823
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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