Quality Improvement to Immunization Coverage in Primary Care Measured in Medical Record and Population-Based Registry Data

Immunizations are one of the most important public health interventions available, yet coverage remains low in many states, including Vermont. This study measured the impact of a quality improvement (QI) project on immunization coverage in childhood, school-age, and adolescent groups.  

Medical record review indicated that QI efforts led to increases in immunization coverage in pediatric primary care. Results were partially validated in the immunization registry particularly among early childhood and adolescent groups with a population-level impact of the intervention among adolescents. 

Overall, this quality improvement project improved immunization coverage in primary care among our sample and was associated with population-level increases in adolescent immunization coverage.

Findings from this project were reported in an article published in Academic Pediatrics.

Harder, V.S., Barry, S.E., Ahrens, B., Davis, W.S., Shaw, J.S. (2018). Quality Improvement to Immunization Coverage in Primary Care Measured in Medical Record and Population-Based Registry Data. Academic Pediatrics, 18(4) 437-444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2018.01.012