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Agasse E et al. Abstract 125. Presented at: ACOG Annual Scientific and Clinical Meeting; May 6-8, 2022; San Diego.
One author reported him as a trial judge for AstraZeneca. Agasse does not report any relevant financial disclosures.
SAN DIEGO — Pregnant patients with more knowledge about COVID-19 and immunization were more likely to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, according to a study presented here.
However, the researchers emphasized that providers also need to improve vaccine uptake and increase acceptance.
“When we started this project, the COVID-19 vaccine was recently launched and we expected that high-risk populations such as pregnant women would greatly benefit from uptake of the vaccine,” Eva Agassi, MPHAnd Healio told a senior case worker at the University of Miami in Florida at the time of the study. “However, given the high frequency of vaccinations that has plagued the world recently, we have been concerned about the lack of clear guidance being given to patients, especially pregnant women, who may be concerned about the potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine per se and their fetuses.”
side by side Valerie VillarinaBachelor of , And Gabriela Rodriguez, BA University of Miami-Agas medical candidates and colleagues surveyed 359 postpartum patients who attended the Academic Medical Center between July and September 2021. Patients reported their vaccination status and answered questions about their general knowledge of vaccination against COVID-19. They scored or lost 1 point for responding correctly or incorrectly, with possible overall knowledge scores ranging from -5 to 5.
The participants’ mean knowledge score was 1.7 ± 1.77. Vaccination was 1.6 times more likely with every one point increment when controlling for age and education.
“We were surprised that the knowledge was not as strong as a predictor as we had expected,” Agas said. Anecdotally, many of our patients have shared emotionally charged reasons for their reluctance to get a vaccine. This has highlighted the dual nature of decision-making regarding vaccination – knowledge and emotions play major roles.”
While Agasse acknowledged that informing patients is vital to encouraging vaccination, how doctors present themselves is also important.
“In terms of doctor-patient interaction, it is essential that clinicians engage in open, non-judgmental conversations with the goal of informing patients accurately about vaccines, while addressing factors that influence a patient’s decision to take a vaccine,” Ajas said. .
Given that information about COVID-19 vaccines has become available since the study was conducted, Agasse said it “would be interesting” to see how these findings have changed.
“This study also raises questions about the driving factors that contribute to vaccine frequency in risk groups,” she said. “We would like to have the opportunity to do a similar study of other vaccines, such as the HPV vaccine in adolescents, to determine how much patient knowledge affects the uptake of other vaccines.”