Parental decision-making surrounding uptake of the MMR vaccination: A systematic review of qualitative literature

N Allan, Jeni Harden

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewpeer-review

Abstract

Background Controversy has surrounded MMR vaccination in the aftermath of Wakefield's 1998 paper suggesting links between MMR and the development of pervasive developmental disorder in children. The paper sparked off media debate and contributed to a lack of parental trust in health-care providers and reduction in MMR uptake. This review aims to identify and evaluate research on the subject, with a view to present the reasons behind, and influences on parental decision-making in relation to MMR.

Methods Systematic search strategy identified 14 relevant papers on which thematic analysis was performed.

Results Themes identified were categorized as follows: perceptions of risk; roles and responsibility; experience and knowledge. There were limited changes in parental decision-making factors over the time period despite an increase in uptake. Many studies fail to differentiate between accepters and rejecters, making it difficult to draw out clear conclusions.

Conclusion Policymakers need to adapt information provided to address these concerns. Future research should focus more on distinguishing between accepters and rejecters to determine which factors can alter outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Public Health
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2014

Keywords

  • decision making
  • MMR
  • parents
  • qualitative systematic review

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Parental decision-making surrounding uptake of the MMR vaccination: A systematic review of qualitative literature'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this