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Qualitative synthesis
Parents and informal caregivers feel they receive insufficient communication about routine childhood vaccination
  1. Victoria Niederhauser
  1. University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Nursing, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Victoria Niederhauser, University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Nursing, 1200 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN, 37996; vniederh{at}

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Commentary on: Ames HM, Glenton C, Lewin S, et al. Parents’ and informal caregivers’ views and experiences of communication about routine childhood vaccination: a synthesis of qualitative evidence. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2017;2:CD011787.

Implications for practice and research

  • This study sheds light on the importance of providers, public health organisations and others to provide in-depth, detailed, frequent and timely vaccination communication via a variety of different sources to parents and caregivers of young children.

  • Only 7 of the 43 findings were related to the association between vaccination communication and decisions, and most of these indicated a low to moderate CI. There is a need to further research vaccination communications as an intervention by a variety of sources (individual provider, public health, media and so on) and the impact on parents’ and caregivers’ vaccination decisions.

  • Further research is needed to examine the relationship of communication and vaccination decisions in lower resource countries.


Providing parents or primary caretakers with information about childhood vaccinations has been a long-standing practice …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.