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Physician beliefs and practices regarding the use of hepatitis A vaccine. WMJ 2007 Jul;106(4):211-4 PMID: 17844711

Pubmed ID

17844711

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended routine vaccination of children against hepatitis A in states, counties, and communities with rates twice the national average or greater. Milwaukee is such a community.

OBJECTIVES: To assess physician knowledge, beliefs, and practices regarding hepatitis A disease and hepatitis A vaccine recommendations in Milwaukee.

METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 291 Milwaukee pediatricians and family physicians using a self-administered questionnaire.

RESULTS: The response rate was 46%. Of physicians responding, 88% were aware that hepatitis A vaccine was recommended for all children in Milwaukee >2 years of age; 61% believed hepatitis A was a significant health problem, with a significant difference between pediatricians and family physicians (74% versus 43%); and 65% stated they offered the vaccine "almost always" or "most of the time" to children between the ages of 2 and 19 years.

CONCLUSIONS: More physician education is needed regarding the public health impact of hepatitis A and the value of the vaccine.

Author List

Sabnis S, Pomeranz AJ, Mao J

Author

Albert J. Pomeranz MD Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin




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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adolescent
Adult
Chi-Square Distribution
Child
Child, Preschool
Cross-Sectional Studies
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Hepatitis A Vaccines
Humans
Infant
Male
Physicians, Family
Practice Patterns, Physicians'
Statistics, Nonparametric
Surveys and Questionnaires
Wisconsin
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