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Practice nurses' perceptions of their immunization role and strategies used to promote measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine uptake in 2014-2018: A qualitative study

Hill, M. C. ORCID: 0000-0003-0106-0665, Salmon, D. ORCID: 0000-0003-2562-2116, Chudleigh, J. H. ORCID: 0000-0002-7334-8708 and Aitken, L. M. ORCID: 0000-0001-5722-9090 (2021). Practice nurses' perceptions of their immunization role and strategies used to promote measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine uptake in 2014-2018: A qualitative study. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 77(2), pp. 948-956. doi: 10.1111/jan.14652

Abstract

Aim
The aim of this study was to explore which aspects of their role practice nurses perceive to be most influential and the strategies they employ to promote the MMR vaccine.

Design
Qualitative study employing in depth interviews.

Method
Fifteen London based practice nurses, nine in 2014 and six in 2018, took part in semi‐structured interviews that were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Qualitative content analysis was used to systematically manage, analyse, and identify themes.

Results
Analysis of data identified aspects of their role practice nurses perceived to be most influential (the themes) including: promoting vaccination, assisting parents’ to make informed decisions, and provided insight into how they used specific strategies to achieve these in practice. These themes were consistent over both phases of the study.

Conclusion
The findings provide an understanding of: (i) the practice nurses perceptions of the most important aspects of their role when promoting the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine; and (ii) the strategies they implemented in practice to achieve these. The latter included assisting parents in their immunization decisions and was facilitated by practice nurses engaging with parents to provide relevant evidence to address parent queries, dispel misconceptions and tailor strategies to promote the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

Impact
This study addresses the paucity of literature available that specifically explores practice nurses’ perceptions of their role concerning the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. The findings reveal how practice nurses promote the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine by identifying strategies to enable parents to make informed decisions. At a time of an increasing incidence of measles, practice nurses have an important public health role in achieving herd immunity levels for measles, mumps, and rubella.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hill, M. C. , Salmon, D. , Chudleigh, J. H. and Aitken, L. M. (2021). Practice nurses' perceptions of their immunization role and strategies used to promote measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine uptake in 2014-2018: A qualitative study. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 77(2), pp. 948-956. doi: 10.1111/jan.14652, which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.14652. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Publisher Keywords: Practice nurse, perception, MMR, vaccine, role, immunisation
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences > Nursing
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2021 15:13
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/25728
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This document is not freely accessible until 22 November 2021 due to copyright restrictions.

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