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Investigating the Relationship Between Vaccine Hesitancy, Trust in Healthcare Providers, and Demographics Factors

Rock, Sarah (2021) Investigating the Relationship Between Vaccine Hesitancy, Trust in Healthcare Providers, and Demographics Factors. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Previous research has shown that there are three main determinants influencing the vaccine decision making process: vaccine specific, individual specific, and contextual factors. The current study intended to contribute to the previous literature by evaluating the complexities of vaccine-related trust and generalised vaccine hesitancy, in an Irish healthcare context. The aims were to investigate if a relationship exists between vaccine hesitancy, trust in healthcare providers, and demographic factors, and to determine how important trust in healthcare providers is in predicting vaccine hesitancy. Participants were recruited through social media, using convenience and snowball sampling (N=194), they completed a questionnaire containing demographic information, The SAGE Vaccine Hesitancy Scale, and The Multidimensional Trust in Health Care Systems Subscale 1: Trust in Health Care Providers. Results show a strong negative correlation between trust in healthcare providers and vaccine hesitancy. Trust in healthcare providers also uniquely predicated vaccine hesitancy to a statistically significant degree, while controlling for demographic factors. The role of healthcare professionals in vaccine promotion is clear from this study, and efforts should be made to address the concerns leading to vaccine hesitancy, to share reliable, trustworthy information, and potentially reduce vaccine hesitancy and increase uptake rates.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > Healthcare Industry
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Personal Health and Hygiene
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2021 15:08
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 15:49
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4968

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