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Title: Factors influencing immunisation uptake in childhood in Saudi Arabia
Author: Al-Jabban, T. M. T.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2002
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The present research aims to study the postnatal care services in Saudi Arabia. It is designed to determine the factors that influence the pattern of immunisation uptake in childhood at immunisation clinics in Primary Health Care Centres (PHCCs) in the Madinah Area. The study covers the Madinah Area (Western Region), which showed, according to published MOH reports, the lowest immunisation coverage by all vaccines (Farag et al., 1995). A survey study of 503 children (1006 Parents), representing 6% of the total study population, was conducted in 24 PHC Centres, which represent 30% of the total number of PHCCs in the study area. These Centres were chosen from all eight regions of the Madinah Area. The sampling method used in this study was Multistage Cluster Sampling, with probability proportional to size technique (PPS). The face-to-face interview survey, using a structured questionnaire, was chosen as the preferred mode of data collection. The survey showed that 67.6% of the total children surveyed were fully immunised, Out of this figure, 46.1% were immunised on time, while 21.5% were fully immunised, but not on time. 25.4% were partially immunised and 7.0% were not immunised. In addition, a variety of factors were shown to have a significant influence on the child's immunisation status. More specifically, place of residence, distance to the PHC Centre, availability of the vaccination card, accommodation type, waiting time at the immunisation clinic and evaluation of the facilities in the clinic are the six major factors that explain why immunisation does not occur. The results also indicated several other demographic, socio-economic, parent-related and clinic-related variables that have a significant influence on the child's immunisation status.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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