Immunization rejection in southern Alberta: a comparison of the perspectives of mothers and health professionals

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Vandenberg, Shannon Y.
Kulig, Judith Celene
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Ingram School of Nursing
Qualitative grounded theory was used to compare and contrast the understanding and decision-making process of non-immunizing mothers and health professionals’ perceptions of these mothers’ understanding and decision-making process. The sample comprised 8 mothers with purposefully unimmunized children under the age of 6 years and 12 health professionals. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and the data generated were analyzed using data immersion, memo-writing, and 3 stages of coding. The mothers and health professionals identified similar, interrelated factors influencing the mothers’ decision, categorized into 4 groups: emotions, beliefs, facts, and information. Three primary themes were evident: the health professionals emphasized the influence of religion in decision-making to a greater extent than did the mothers, the meaning of evidence appeared to differ for mothers and health professionals, and mothers revealed a mistrust of health professionals. Immunization is a public health issue; collaboration and understanding are necessary to promote positive health outcomes in children.
Open access article. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) applies
Decision-making , Mothers , Public health , Nurse relationships , Professional issues
Vandenberg, S. Y., & Kulig, J. C. (2015). Immunization rejection in southern Alberta: A comparison of the perspectives of mothers and health professionals. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 47(2), 81-96.