From Google Scholar & other sources: Selected Journal Articles, Newsletters, Dissertations, Theses, Commentary

From Google Scholar & other sources: Selected Journal Articles, Newsletters, Dissertations, Theses, Commentary
Journal of Refugee & Global Health
Original Research
Reasons for vaccine declination in healthy individuals attending an international vaccine and travel clinic
TL Wiemken, JA Ramirez, R Carrico
Little is known about the vaccine-related health behaviors of healthy individuals. We surveyed healthy individuals attending a vaccine center to define the reasons behind vaccine declination when the vaccine is warranted under current guidance. Declination due to perceived risks of the vaccines were by far the most common rationale, suggesting continued need for public health educational campaigns.
The Journal for Healthcare Quality (JHQ)
Published Ahead-of-Print
Text Message Quality Improvement Project for Influenza Vaccine in a Low-Resource Largely Latino Pediatric Population
E Sloand, B VanGraafeiland, A Holm, A MacQueen…
Children with asthma are targeted for influenza vaccine because of their vulnerability to complications, particularly those with low income or family preference for Spanish language. We used text messaging to encourage caregivers to vaccinate. Participants were children (aged >6 months), predominantly low income and Latino, with an asthma diagnosis attending a pediatric clinic. Interactive text messages that described the vaccine and how to make an appointment were sent to parents in English or Spanish, January 2016 to April 2017. Year 1 messages were evaluated by the investigators considering vaccination results and evidence in the literature. Improvements for Year 2 included timing of message, clarity of message, and using the family language of preference. Messages went to 398 (Year 1) and 485 (Year 2) families. Sixty-four percent of families preferred English; 35% preferred Spanish. Children in Spanish-speaking families were significantly more likely than children in English-speaking families to be vaccinated, 66% versus 46%. Text messaging is a straightforward, low-cost health promotion strategy with potential to improve child health. Quality improvement efforts in outpatient settings with low-income and limited English proficiency families are needed. mHealth strategies may help address the needs of vulnerable populations. SQUIRE V.2.0 guidelines were used for manuscript writing and reporting.
Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
February 27, 2019 – Volume Online Now – Issue – p
Improving influenza immunization rates in the uninsured
AL Falcone
Background and Purpose: Infection from influenza virus causes tens of thousands of deaths annually in the United States, costing millions to manage hospital complications. Barriers exist for patients to choose the influenza vaccine, which is proven to effectively reduce incidence of infection and complications from influenza virus. A significant percent of uninsured patients are at high risk of these complications because of chronic illness. This article examines the literature for evidence of effective interventions to increase influenza uptake rate in the uninsured adult population.
Methods: Literature review of data sources including the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, PubMed, Scopus, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
Conclusions: Effective interventions include free vaccines, mass communication efforts, implementing an influenza questionnaire, training health care workers, using a vaccine facilitator, implementing a standing orders policy and opt-out policy, scheduling year-round appointments, clinicians recommending the vaccine, clinician audit and feedback, tracking in an electronic medical record, and narrative communication techniques.
Implications for practice: To reduce influenza-related costs, and improve health outcomes, it is imperative that nurse practitioners use evidence-based interventions in the practice setting to increase influenza uptake rates in the adult uninsured population.