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Increasing influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates in high-risk groups in one primary care trust as part of a clinical governance programme

By A Niroshan Siriwardena, Tracy Wilburn and Louise Hazelwood


The background is that clinical governance is a new mechanism for improving patient care within primary care organisations. The aim is to investigate the ability of practices in a single Primary Care Trust to improve influenza and pneumococcal vaccination uptake in high risk groups as a component of a clinical governance programme. A descriptive before and after study was undertaken at West Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust. Concludes that clinically, important improvements in influenza vaccination uptake occurred in patients over 65 years, and for influenza and pneumococcal vaccination in coronary heart disease and diabetic patients between the two audit cycles demonstrating the ability of participating practices to achieve and exceed national targets for influenza immunisation of these high-risk groups

Topics: B714 Practice Nursing, A300 Clinical Medicine
Publisher: MCB UP Limited
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1108/14777270310487002
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