This was work was in part supported by the National Cancer Institute for Transforming Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior Through Narrative, which was awarded to the University of Southern California (R01CA144052 - Murphy/Baezconde-Garbanati); and to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCI award # P30CA01408/ 3P30CA014089-39S4 - USC HPV Immunization Collaborative in Clinical and Community Settings (Gruber/Baezconde-Garbanati). Dr. Moran was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health (K01DA037903).
Health counseling, Vaccines -- Health aspects, Communication in medicine
A significant number of parents delay or refuse vaccinating their children. Incidental exposure to vaccine information (i.e., scanned information) may be an important contributor to anti-vaccine sentiment. This study examines the association between scanned information, trust in health information sources and vaccine safety concerns among African American, Mexican American, and non-Hispanic White women.
Women (N=761) in Los Angeles County were sampled via random digit dial and surveyed regarding use of and trust in health information resources and vaccine safety concerns.
Analyses indicate that the sources of information associated with vaccine safety concerns varied by ethnicity. Each ethnic group exhibited different patterns of association between trust in health information resources and vaccine safety concerns.
Information scanning is associated with beliefs about vaccine safety, which may lead parents to refuse or delay vaccinating their children. These relationships vary by ethnicity.
These findings help inform practitioners and policy makers about communication factors that influence vaccine safety concerns. Knowing these sources of information will equip practitioners to better identify women who may have been exposed to anti-vaccine messages and counter these beliefs with effective, vaccine-promoting messages via the most relevant information sources.
Moran Meghan Bridgid, Frank Lauren B, Chatterjee Joyee S, Murphy Sheila T, Baezconde-Garbanati Lourdes.Information scanning and vaccine safety concerns among African American, Mexican American, and non-Hispanic White women.Patient Education and Counseling http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2015.08.016