Session Title: VACCINE AND PREVENTION
STATE-SPECIFIC RESULTS OF VACCINATION ATTITUTE OF PAEDIATRICIANS - THE GERMANY VACCINATION STUDY
R. Bruns1, M. Weigel2, S.M. Schmidt1, K. Weitmann2, C. Rautmann2, J. Schmidt2, W. Hoffmann2
1Paediatrics, 2Institute for Community Medicine, Department of Health Care Epidemiology and Community Health, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University, Greifswald, Germany
Background: Vaccination rates for preventable diseases are in general unsatisfying in Germany, but show variations among the different states.
Until now, no representative study has analysed pediatricians' attitudes and behaviour of befind reasons of the low vaccination rate covering throughout Germany on a regional level.
Methods: A representative cross sectional survey of about 3020 paediatricians from all 16 German states received a standardised questionnaire. About eight weeks later, we sent a reminding letter and in a third turn a second questionnaire to increase the response rate.
Result: 2023 (67%) of all contacted paediatricians replied to the questionnaire. The recruiting efficiency (REP=fully received questionnaires divided by the number of all successfully contacted physicians) was at 62%.
61% of the questioned paediatricians declared to follow the recommendations of the STIKO (German committee for vaccination of the RKI). Concerning the states in detail, results varied from 83% in Saxony-Anhalt to 49% in Bavaria (p< 0.0001). In consideration of the state, where paediatricians received their degrees, independent from their place of practice, 57% (n=74) of those who studied outside Germany follow the STIKO-recommendations compared to 61% (p=0.46) of those who studied in Germany. In addition to this, 80% of the former students of Saxony-Anhalt follow these recommendations today, compared to 48% of the former students of Bavaria (p< 0.0001).
Conclusions: The study will contribute to better understand problems of the different situations in the German states in order to achieve a high vaccination rate nationwide.