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The complexities of trust in the delivery of childhood vaccines in Scotland: A qualitative study

Kennedy, Catriona; Gray Brunton, Carol


Catriona Kennedy


Background: The objective was to explore the challenges for health professionals in delivering controversial vaccines, the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, and newly introduced vaccines, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Influenzae H1N1 vaccines to the childhood vaccination schedule.
Methods: Qualitative methods comprising semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions were used to explore the views of Health Service Users (parents and young people) and Health Staff (Managers and Practitioners). Thematic analysis was used to identify the key themes.
Findings: Themes centred on professional competence and the ability to manage emotions as important in delivery. For health staff, like service users, vaccination was framed in terms of risks, which were conditional in relation to specific vaccines.
Discussion: Critical health psychological and qualitative research methods highlighted the challenges involved in delivering childhood vaccination for health staff interactions with service users and for vaccination as a controversial and negotiated behaviour.


Kennedy, C., & Gray Brunton, C. (2011). The complexities of trust in the delivery of childhood vaccines in Scotland: A qualitative study. Psychology and Health, 26,

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date Aug 9, 2012
Print ISSN 0887-0446
Electronic ISSN 1476-8321
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Keywords Childhood vaccination; public health; Measles, Mumps and Rubella; MMR; Human Papillomavirus (HPV); Influenzae H1N1; community nursing;
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