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ISSN: 2157-7560

Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination
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Research Article

Characterization of Provider Perspectives on Text Message Reminders for Immunizations

Carolyn R Ahlers-Schmidt1*, Kaitlin Ditch1, Elizabeth Snyder1, Joy A Nimeskern-Miller1 and Amy K Chesser2

1University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita, Department of Pediatrics, 1010 N. Kansas, Wichita KS, 67214, USA

2University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita, Department of Family & Community medicine, 1010 N. Kansas, Wichita KS, 67214, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Carolyn R Ahlers-Schmidt
1010 N. Kansas, Wichita KS, 67214, USA
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Received date: January 10, 2014; Accepted date: February 19, 2014; Published date: February 23, 2014

Citation: Schmidt CRA, Ditch K, Snyder E, Nimeskern-Miller JA, ChesserAK (2014) Characterization of Provider Perspectives on Text Message Reminders for Immunizations. J Vaccines Vaccin 5:220. doi: 10.4172/2157-7560.1000220

Copyright: © 2014 Schmidt CRA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to characterize immunization provider practices and perspectives on text message reminders. Methods: This is a descriptive study of Pediatricians, Family Practice physicians and Health Departments in Kansas. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted. Fifteen health departments and 19 physician offices participated. Results: Health departments were more likely than physicians to know their clinic immunization rate (80% vs. 37%), use reminder systems (93% vs. 32%) and utilize out-of-office reminders. In addition, health departments were more likely than physicians to consider text messaging an appropriate reminder method (100% vs. 63%) and be willing to try a text messaging system (93% vs. 79%). Perceived barriers to text messaging included low cell phone use among patients, need for consensus in group practices, and privacy concerns. Conclusions: While few immunization providers are currently using text message reminders, support for such programs has increased. Perceived barriers can be overcome with education regarding legal issues, more research into implementation and effectiveness of text message reminder systems and development of a financially solvent program. Theoretical frameworks, such as the diffusion of innovation model, should be consid

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