Validity of self-reported pneumococcal vaccination status in the elderly in Spain

Department of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain.
Vaccine (Impact Factor: 3.62). 06/2009; 27(34):4560-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2009.05.057
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The objective of this study was to evaluate the validity of information reported by the elderly on 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23vPPV) vaccination status. A cross-sectional, observational study was carried out in patients aged >or=65 years admitted to five Spanish hospitals. Data on 23vPPV vaccination history were obtained through interview of the patient or close relative and review of written medical information. The validity of the patient self-report was compared to the written medical information by calculation of the sensitivity, specificity, concordance, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV). A total of 2484 patients were initially included of whom 1814 patients (73%) responded about their vaccination status. The global sensitivity of the patient self-report was 0.74 and the specificity 0.95. The PPV was 0.92, the NPV 0.84 and the concordance 87. Vaccination cards and centralized vaccination registries in primary health care centres and hospitals should be potentiated in order to ensure that neither more nor less vaccinations are administered than are necessary.

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    • "Third, the self-reported vaccination status by the OP or his/her caregiver was estimated as the measure of the outcome variable. Again, while some studies have demonstrated the validity of self-report vaccination among various OP populations [57-59], the question arises as to whether these study populations were rural and extremely poor as well. A study should therefore be conducted to verify if the validity of self-reporting remains applicable in our case. "
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    • "The majority of the literature presented influenza vaccination coverage, with a few papers presenting vaccination coverage for other vaccines such as pneumococcal, hepatitis B, and tetanus vaccines. (Bader and Egler 2004, 2009; Beytout et al. 2004; Blank et al. 2009; de Miguel 2006; del Corro et al. 2009; Gavazzi et al. 2007; Kwong et al. 2007; Leggat et al. 2009; Montrieux et al. 2002; Nielsen et al. 2009; Noakes et al. 2006; Pebody et al. 2008; Sammarco et al. 2004; Schenkel et al. 2008; Stuck et al. 2007; van Houdt et al. 2009) We were unable to identify published literature that discussed a comprehensive adult vaccine schedule and adult vaccine financing in developed countries. To determine the denominator, we used the International Monetary Fund’s (2009) classification of advanced economies (N = 33). "
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