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Improving Immunization Rates in Adults

Lyons, Troy (2020) Improving Immunization Rates in Adults. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.

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Vaccination is arguably one of the greatest accomplishments to the improvement of public health and longevity in this lifetime. It is estimated that vaccinations prevent 2.5 million deaths per year and have significantly contributed to a greater than 30-year increase in lifespan from the 1900s through today. Vaccination has notably decreased both morbidity and mortality. Thus, it has improved the quality of life and reduced the economic burden for the population. Although riddled with its controversies and barriers, it remains a mainstay to preventative health. Children are routinely vaccinated, but it was not until 2005 that adult vaccination began to grow in popularity. Being an unfamiliar notion to most adults, this crusade met opposition (education/misinformation barriers, financial barriers and access). As a result, several interventions have been proposed to increase vaccination efforts for the adult population. This paper strives to briefly review vaccination and its relevance in the adult population and to discuss the outcome of a process improvement goal by Premier Medical Associates to increase vaccination rates for pneumococcus and influenza in its adult population. Premier successfully increased its pneumococcal vaccination rates from a baseline of 66% to 78% and influenza’s vaccination rate from 40% to 80% in a one-year period. Despite its tremendous successes there were still significant barriers that hindered even larger improvements. This paper discusses Premier’s process, successes; also discusses the barriers and suggestions to overcome them.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master's Thesis)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lyons, TroyTDL17@pitt.eduTDL17
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBarron, Geraldgbarron@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberLincoln, Danforthlincolndn@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 8 April 2020
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 57
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2020 02:25
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2020 02:25


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