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Measuring the effectiveness of catch-up MMR delivered by school nurses compared to signposting to general practice on improving MMR coverage

Altinoluk-Davis, F.; Gray, Selena; Bray, Issy

Authors

F. Altinoluk-Davis

Issy Bray Issy.Bray@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Head of Department, Research and Knowledge Exchange



Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study assesses whether increased coverage of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination differs between areas where school nurses deliver catch-up MMR doses to adolescents in school settings, compared to signposting to general practice. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted using Child Health Information Services records within the NHS England South (South Central) commissioning boundary. The sample population included children born 1 September 2000-31 August 2001, in school year 9 during the 2014-15 academic year. RESULTS: The primary outcome findings show an increase in coverage of at least one dose of MMR by 1.6% (n=334) in the cohort receiving catch-up MMR, compared to 0.2% (n=12) in the cohort signposted to general practice. Over time, the difference in increase between the two cohorts was 1.4%, analysed using the chi-squared comparison of proportions test, providing strong evidence (P

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2020
Journal Journal of Public Health
Print ISSN 1741-3842
Electronic ISSN 1741-3850
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 2
Pages 416-422
APA6 Citation Altinoluk-Davis, F., Gray, S., & Bray, I. (2020). Measuring the effectiveness of catch-up MMR delivered by school nurses compared to signposting to general practice on improving MMR coverage. Journal of Public Health, 42(2), 416-422. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdaa004
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdaa004
Keywords Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; General Medicine
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdaa004/5734963?guestAccessKey=4240f569-0192-4d59-bd41-42b3ccf4d41d
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