Exploring PA Vaccine Communication
AAPA ePoster library. Porta K. 05/17/17; 180491; 78
Kelly Porta
Kelly Porta
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Purpose: Specific provider-patient communication styles have been shown to increase the rates of vaccination acceptance among patients. It is unknown, however, whether or not the chosen communication styles used by PAs differ when discussing mandatory vaccines versus recommended but not required vaccines. This survey explored PA participants opinions, knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding mandatory vaccines versus recommended but not required vaccines. Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted using an online survey utilizing 36 items administered to current licensed and certified PAs practicing in NYS from Nov. 8, 2016 to Nov. 28, 2016. Data was analyzed using SPSS software in which Chi-Square and Kruskal-Wallis tests were generated to assess the presence of significant associations. Results: A total of 191 surveys were completed. Demographic data was reported. A statistically significant relationship (p=0.007) was found between the specialty that a PA works in and how likely they were to highlight the importance of recommended but not required vaccines as much as required vaccines. PAs who administer vaccinations more frequently were equally likely to highlight the importance of both recommended and required vaccines. Increased average time spent with patients was associated with the likelihood of recommending the HPV vaccine. Conclusions: PAs are impactful advocates for vaccinations and should recommend all vaccines uniformly in order to decrease incidence of preventable devastating disease....
Purpose: Specific provider-patient communication styles have been shown to increase the rates of vaccination acceptance among patients. It is unknown, however, whether or not the chosen communication styles used by PAs differ when discussing mandatory vaccines versus recommended but not required vaccines. This survey explored PA participants opinions, knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding mandatory vaccines versus recommended but not required vaccines. Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted using an online survey utilizing 36 items administered to current licensed and certified PAs practicing in NYS from Nov. 8, 2016 to Nov. 28, 2016. Data was analyzed using SPSS software in which Chi-Square and Kruskal-Wallis tests were generated to assess the presence of significant associations. Results: A total of 191 surveys were completed. Demographic data was reported. A statistically significant relationship (p=0.007) was found between the specialty that a PA works in and how likely they were to highlight the importance of recommended but not required vaccines as much as required vaccines. PAs who administer vaccinations more frequently were equally likely to highlight the importance of both recommended and required vaccines. Increased average time spent with patients was associated with the likelihood of recommending the HPV vaccine. Conclusions: PAs are impactful advocates for vaccinations and should recommend all vaccines uniformly in order to decrease incidence of preventable devastating disease....
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