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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-19

Assessment of a virtual educational program on health professional students’ vaccine knowledge, attitudes, and confidence managing patient hesitancy


1 Department of Pharmacy Practice, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA; Center for Immunization Research and Education, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA
2 Center for Immunization Research and Education, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA; Department of Public Health, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Elizabeth Skoy
Department of Pharmacy Practice, North Dakota State University, PO Box 2050, Dept 2660, Fargo, ND 58108
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_30_21

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Background: Health professionals are cited as the most trusted source for vaccine information, even among the unvaccinated. Research suggests that health professional educational programs lack training and education related to vaccine safety and addressing vaccine-hesitant patients and caregivers. Education for health professional students has been shown to impact knowledge, individual hesitancy, and confidence in ability to address patient vaccine hesitancy. Methods: A virtual educational program was developed and delivered to pharmacy, nursing, and medical students to impact vaccine-related knowledge, hesitant attitudes, and confidence in addressing vaccine-related topics with patients and caregivers. A survey was delivered before and after the training to identify the educational impact. Results: In total, 8 nursing programs, 1 school of pharmacy, and 1 medical school participated in the program. There was a significant (P < 0.05) increase in confidence and knowledge for pharmacy, nursing, and medical students. There was a significant (P < 0.05) decrease in vaccine-hesitant attitudes among nursing students. Overall satisfaction with the program was high, with 92% of students stating they would recommend the virtual educational program. Conclusions: A virtual education program designed for multiple health professional disciplines increased student knowledge, decreased individual hesitancy, and increased confidence in their ability to address patient vaccine hesitancy.


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