Childhood Immunization Practices of Primary Care Physicians
William J. Hueston, MD;
Rachel L. Meade;
Arch G. Mainous III, PhD
Arch Fam Med. 1992;1(2):225-228.
To assess if immunization utilization practices differ between rural and urban primary care physicians in Kentucky.
Survey of 200 primary care physicians.
Pediatricians, family physicians, and general practitioners in Kentucky.
Participants completed a 20-item questionnaire that surveyed selected demographics with regard to the physician and practice, immunizations offered to children, and reasons why the responding physicians did not offer immunizations and where they referred patients for this service.
Physicians practicing in rural counties offered immunizations to their patients less frequently than did urban physicians (54% vs 77%). Rural and urban physicians cited immunization costs to patients as the chief reason that immunizations were not used more often and referred patients primarily to county health departments.
Rising costs have limited physician use of immunizations in rural areas to a greater extent than that seen in urban areas. This may make access to immunizations more difficult for children living in rural areas.
From the Primary Care Division, St Claire Medical Center, Morehead, Ky (Dr Hueston), and the Department of Family Practice, University of Kentucky, Lexington (Ms Meade and Dr Mainous).
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