Date of Paper/Work

5-2017

Type of Paper/Work

Systems Change Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Nanette Hoerr

Department/School

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Abstract

The purpose of this descriptive study was to obtain Hmong parents perspectives on childhood immunizations. Hmong is a group of people who makes healthcare decisions based on their root belief system and trusted information. This study was conducted by a doctor of nursing student at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota at a privately owned primary care clinic, serving a patient population of more than 95% Hmong. It was noted that immunization rates were very poor in this clinic population among pediatric patients from birth to two years of age. This descriptive study used a one to one phone interview design study. The interview questions were derived from the Health Belief Model (HBM) to obtain the perspective of Hmong parents about childhood immunization under age two. Results show that Hmong parents believe in the knowledge, training, and skills of the clinic staff to guide them in deciding whether vaccination is the right choice for their child. Research has shown that parents rely upon and trust their healthcare practitioners. This study affirms the necessity of providing education about childhood immunization for parents in primary care clinics.

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