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A Multidisciplinary Research Agenda for Understanding Vaccine-Related Decisions

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London WC1 7HT, UK
School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney NSW 2006, Australia
International Engagement Project Manager, The Wellcome Trust, London NW1 2BE, UK
Center for Patient Safety and Service Quality and Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, London W21 PG, UK
Vaccination Advocacy, Sanofi Pasteur, Lyon 69007, France
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Vaccines 2013, 1(3), 293-304;
Received: 9 June 2013 / Revised: 21 June 2013 / Accepted: 2 July 2013 / Published: 18 July 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Confidence in Vaccines)
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There is increasingly broad global recognition of the need to better understand determinants of vaccine acceptance. Fifteen social science, communication, health, and medical professionals (the “Motors of Trust in Vaccination” (MOTIV) think tank) explored factors relating to vaccination decision-making as a step to building a multidisciplinary research agenda. One hundred and forty seven factors impacting decisions made by consumers, professionals, and policy makers on vaccine acceptance, delay, or refusal were identified and grouped into three major categories: cognition and decision-making; groups and social norms; and communication and engagement. These factors should help frame a multidisciplinary research agenda to build an evidence base on the determinants of vaccine acceptance to inform the development of interventions and vaccination policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: vaccination; policy; communication; attitudes vaccination; policy; communication; attitudes

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Larson, H.; Leask, J.; Aggett, S.; Sevdalis, N.; Thomson, A. A Multidisciplinary Research Agenda for Understanding Vaccine-Related Decisions. Vaccines 2013, 1, 293-304.

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