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Are parents' knowledge and practice regarding immunization related to pediatrics' immunization compliance? a mixed method study

Al-lela, Omer Qutaiba and Bahari, Mohd Baidi and Al-Qazaz, Harith Khalid and Salih, Muhannad RM and Jamshed, Shazia Qasim and Elkalmi, Ramadan Mohamed Mahmod (2014) Are parents' knowledge and practice regarding immunization related to pediatrics' immunization compliance? a mixed method study. BMC Pediatrics , 14 (1). pp. 20-1. ISSN 1471-2431 (Unpublished)

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Background Immunization rate is one of the best public health outcome and service indicators of the last 100 years. Parental decisions regarding immunization are very important to improve immunization rate. The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between parental knowledge-practices (KP) and children's immunization completeness. Methods A mixed method has been utilized in this study: a retrospective cohort study was used to evaluate immunization completeness; a prospective cross-sectional study was used to evaluate immunization KP of parents. 528 children born between 1 January 2003 and 31 June 2008 were randomly selected from five public health clinics in Mosul, Iraq. Immunization history of each child was collected retrospectively from their immunization record/card. Results About half of studied children (n = 286, 56.3%) were immunized with all vaccination doses; these children were considered as having had complete immunization. 66.1% of the parents was found to have adequate KP scores. A significant association of immunization completeness with total KP groups (p < 0.05) was found. Conclusions Future efforts are required to improve immunization rate and parents' knowledge and practice. The study results reinforce recommendations for the periodic assessment of immunization rate and the use of educational programmes to improve the immunization rate, knowledge and practice. Keywords: Immunization; Iraq; Children; Parents; Knowledge; Practice; Compliance

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6773/35676
Uncontrolled Keywords: Immunization, Iraq, Children, Parents, Knowledge, Practice, Compliance
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Pharmacy > Department of Pharmacy Practice
Depositing User: Dr. RAMADAN ELKALMI
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 16:09
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 16:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/35676

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