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Improving Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Vaccination Rates in an Academic Center Through Resident-driven Education
Purpose: To improve rates of
prenatal Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination for clinic patients
in an academic training center.
United States is experiencing a resurgence of pertussis, which can cause
serious complications for infants, especially within the first six months of
life. To maximize maternal antibody response to Tdap and antibody transfer to
the newborn, vaccination between 27-36 weeks of gestation is recommended.
pre-post survey study design was used to evaluate OBGYN residents at the
University of Tennessee during the 2017-2018 academic year. The primary outcome
was Tdap vaccination rate. Secondary outcomes were resident-reported Tdap
counseling and resident understanding of the appropriate gestational age for
administration. The following educational methods were utilized: resident-lead
lecture, provider handouts, English and Spanish patient education posters
throughout the clinic. Direct comparison of pre and post-surveys was used to
Tdap vaccinations were given in the four months prior to pre-survey
administration (0.33 vaccines/resident). Following the Tdap educational
program, forty-three vaccinations were given in four months (2.86
vaccines/resident). Pre-surveys indicated eleven residents (73%) provided Tdap
counseling, while post-surveys revealed fifteen residents (100%) provided
counseling. On pre-surveys, the majority of residents (33%) incorrectly
answered that Tdap was indicated between 27 weeks gestation until delivery. In
post-surveys, thirteen residents (87%) correctly answered that Tdap was
indicated between 27-36 weeks gestation.
Discussions: Tdap vaccination rate
increased by 767% after implementation of the educational tools. Additionally,
resident-driven counseling about Tdap increased by 36% and resident
understanding of appropriate gestational age for vaccine administration
improved by 225%.
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