Immunizations in adulthood.
ABSTRACT Vaccine preventable diseases continue to be a sizable burden to adults in the United States. Despite availability of safe and effective vaccines, immunization rates remain low. While various patient, clinician, and system factors can be barriers to adult vaccination, physicians recommendations to their patients to receive the vaccinations for which they are indicated is strongly related to a patient's receipt of these immunizations.
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ABSTRACT: The American College of Physicians (ACP) developed a quality improvement (QI) program to address deficiencies in immunization rates, primarily for influenza, and determine the program's impact on adult immunization. An interventional study using a pre-post design. Three cohorts of physician practices were invited from a random sample of 2000 to attend 1-day training sessions in 2004, 2005, and 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Participants performed data abstractions and developed QI plans. Baseline data were compared with follow-up. Fifty-five practices received training, 39 practices provided baseline data, and 11 practices provided follow-up data, reporting on 4208 patients. Baseline rates for influenza were 51% for cohort 1, 42% for cohort 2, and 59% for cohort 3. Follow-up data collection is ongoing. Rates increased for patients with private insurance and patients aged 50 to 64 years, suggesting that many providers attending the training were unaware of the need to vaccinate these patients.American Journal of Medical Quality 23(3):176-83. · 1.64 Impact Factor