In the latest issue of Public Health Reports, March/April 2015, recent San Diego State University Graduate Ms. Evelyn Ly, her professor Dr. Michaeld Peddecord, and Ms. Wendy Wang, Ms. Kimberly Ralston, and Dr. Mark Sayyer from the UCSD San Diego Immunization Partnership, assess the effectiveness of an academic detailing intervention designed to increase influenza vaccination in children aged 6–59 months in six San Diego County primary care clinics.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory virus with the potential to cause serious illness and death, particularly in children younger than 5 years of age. The influenza vaccine has been shown to be effective in preventing infection and spread of the disease. To combat low immunization rates, CDC’s Community Guide recommends various evidence-based practices and provider interventions. One method of delivering evidence-based education to practicing physicians is through academic detailing, a form of continuing education that has been shown to be an effective method for reaching providers.
This week’s PHR feature article, From the Schools and Programs of Public Health: Student Column: Using Academic Detailing to Improve Childhood Influenza Vaccination Rates in San Diego, may be viewed here.
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