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title = "Effectiveness of a Digital Intervention in Increasing Flu Vaccination Related Risk Appraisal, Intention to Vaccinate and Vaccination Behaviour Amongst Pregnant Women",
abstract = "BackgroundPregnant women are at increased risk of complications from flu, but uptake of flu vaccination is below national targets of 75%. Evidence suggests that changing illness risk appraisals may be an effective strategy for increasing vaccination behaviour. In 2018-19, a team of researchers, public health specialists, and pregnant women co-designed a short, animated video targeting (unhelpful) beliefs underlying pregnant women{\textquoteright}s risk appraisals of flu with the aim of promoting vaccination uptake. AimsThis study aimed to examine the effectiveness of a digital intervention (a short animation) in increasing flu vaccination uptake amongst pregnant women through changing illness risk appraisals.MethodA prospective study design was used. Participants were a convenience sample of unvaccinated pregnant women recruited via a Qualtrics Online Panel. Participants received a small payment via the panel company for survey completion. Risk appraisals and intention to vaccinate were measured at baseline and immediately after presentation of the intervention (follow-up one). Approximately six months later, a further survey (follow-up two) was administered to measure vaccination behaviour. ResultsThe baseline and the first follow-up survey were completed by 411 participants. The second follow-up survey was completed by 67 participants. Watching the animation led to an increase in women{\textquoteright}s appraisals of the likelihood of getting flu whist pregnant and of the severity of flu during pregnancy, and also increased intentions to have the flu vaccination during pregnancy. Of the 67 respondents who completed the follow-up survey, 38 reported having the vaccination whilst pregnant.ConclusionsThis study provides evidence that supports the promise of the intervention. An RCT is however required to produce definitive evidence of efficacy. Should such a study prove the intervention to be effective, it could be readily embedded within existing social media campaigns delivered at national and local levels by public health organisations in the UK. ",
author = "Joanne Parsons and Katie Newby and Catherine Grimley",
year = "2021",
month = oct,
day = "29",
language = "English",
journal = "Health Education and Behavior",
issn = "1090-1981",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Inc.",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Effectiveness of a Digital Intervention in Increasing Flu Vaccination Related Risk Appraisal, Intention to Vaccinate and Vaccination Behaviour Amongst Pregnant Women

AU - Parsons, Joanne

AU - Newby, Katie

AU - Grimley, Catherine

PY - 2021/10/29

Y1 - 2021/10/29

N2 - BackgroundPregnant women are at increased risk of complications from flu, but uptake of flu vaccination is below national targets of 75%. Evidence suggests that changing illness risk appraisals may be an effective strategy for increasing vaccination behaviour. In 2018-19, a team of researchers, public health specialists, and pregnant women co-designed a short, animated video targeting (unhelpful) beliefs underlying pregnant women’s risk appraisals of flu with the aim of promoting vaccination uptake. AimsThis study aimed to examine the effectiveness of a digital intervention (a short animation) in increasing flu vaccination uptake amongst pregnant women through changing illness risk appraisals.MethodA prospective study design was used. Participants were a convenience sample of unvaccinated pregnant women recruited via a Qualtrics Online Panel. Participants received a small payment via the panel company for survey completion. Risk appraisals and intention to vaccinate were measured at baseline and immediately after presentation of the intervention (follow-up one). Approximately six months later, a further survey (follow-up two) was administered to measure vaccination behaviour. ResultsThe baseline and the first follow-up survey were completed by 411 participants. The second follow-up survey was completed by 67 participants. Watching the animation led to an increase in women’s appraisals of the likelihood of getting flu whist pregnant and of the severity of flu during pregnancy, and also increased intentions to have the flu vaccination during pregnancy. Of the 67 respondents who completed the follow-up survey, 38 reported having the vaccination whilst pregnant.ConclusionsThis study provides evidence that supports the promise of the intervention. An RCT is however required to produce definitive evidence of efficacy. Should such a study prove the intervention to be effective, it could be readily embedded within existing social media campaigns delivered at national and local levels by public health organisations in the UK.

AB - BackgroundPregnant women are at increased risk of complications from flu, but uptake of flu vaccination is below national targets of 75%. Evidence suggests that changing illness risk appraisals may be an effective strategy for increasing vaccination behaviour. In 2018-19, a team of researchers, public health specialists, and pregnant women co-designed a short, animated video targeting (unhelpful) beliefs underlying pregnant women’s risk appraisals of flu with the aim of promoting vaccination uptake. AimsThis study aimed to examine the effectiveness of a digital intervention (a short animation) in increasing flu vaccination uptake amongst pregnant women through changing illness risk appraisals.MethodA prospective study design was used. Participants were a convenience sample of unvaccinated pregnant women recruited via a Qualtrics Online Panel. Participants received a small payment via the panel company for survey completion. Risk appraisals and intention to vaccinate were measured at baseline and immediately after presentation of the intervention (follow-up one). Approximately six months later, a further survey (follow-up two) was administered to measure vaccination behaviour. ResultsThe baseline and the first follow-up survey were completed by 411 participants. The second follow-up survey was completed by 67 participants. Watching the animation led to an increase in women’s appraisals of the likelihood of getting flu whist pregnant and of the severity of flu during pregnancy, and also increased intentions to have the flu vaccination during pregnancy. Of the 67 respondents who completed the follow-up survey, 38 reported having the vaccination whilst pregnant.ConclusionsThis study provides evidence that supports the promise of the intervention. An RCT is however required to produce definitive evidence of efficacy. Should such a study prove the intervention to be effective, it could be readily embedded within existing social media campaigns delivered at national and local levels by public health organisations in the UK.

M3 - Article

JO - Health Education and Behavior

JF - Health Education and Behavior

SN - 1090-1981

ER -