A Multidisciplinary Research Agenda for Understanding Vaccine-Related Decisions

Vaccines — Open Access Journal
Vaccines (ISSN 2076-393X), an international open access journal, is published by MDPI online quarterly. The first issue will be released in 2013.\
A Multidisciplinary Research Agenda for Understanding Vaccine-Related Decisions
Heidi Larson, Julie Leask, Sian Aggett, Nick Sevdalis and Angus Thomson
Vaccines 2013, 1(3), 293-304; doi:10.3390/vaccines1030293 – published online 18 July 2013
Abstract: There is increasingly broad global recognition of the need to better understand determinants of vaccine acceptance. Fifteen social science, communication, health, and medical professionals (the “Motors of Trust in Vaccination” (MOTIV) think tank) explored factors relating to vaccination decision-making as a step to building a multidisciplinary research agenda. One hundred and forty seven factors impacting decisions made by consumers, professionals, and policy makers on vaccine acceptance, delay, or refusal were identified and grouped into three major categories: cognition and decision-making; groups and social norms; and communication and engagement. These factors should help frame a multidisciplinary research agenda to build an evidence base on the determinants of vaccine acceptance to inform the development of interventions and vaccination policies.