Knowledge, motivation, and attitudes of Hungarian family physicians toward pandemic influenza vaccination in the 2009/10 influenza season: Questionnaire study

Imre Rurik, Zoltán Langmár, Hajnalka Márton, E. Kovács, Endre Szigethy, István Ilyés

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Aim: To evaluate the knowledge, motivation, and attitudes of Hungarian family physicians toward pandemic influenza vaccination in the 2009/10 influenza season. Method: A questionnaire with 20 questions was developed and sent to 232 family physicians in 3 largest Hungarian cities: Budapest, Debrecen, and Miskolc. The study was conducted in December 2009 and January 2010. Results: A hundred and ninety eight (85%) physicians answered the questionnaire adequately. Respondents believed that the influenza outbreak represented less of a threat to their practices than to Hungary or the world as a whole. They mostly agreed that vaccination was important and were frequently dissatisfied with the support from health authorities. The proportion of vaccinated patients ranged between 2% and 53%, without differences according to geographical region, age, sex, and duration of physicians' employment in family practice. Physicians who were satisfied with the payment for procedures and underwent vaccination themselves were more active in vaccination. Conclusion: Health authorities should provide clear and evidence-based professional support to family physicians and should encourage them to get vaccinated against pandemic influenza, while insurance funds have to establish appropriate reimbursement system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-140
Number of pages7
JournalCroatian Medical Journal
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Family Physicians
Pandemics
Human Influenza
Motivation
Vaccination
Physicians
Hungary
Family Practice
Health
Financial Management
Insurance
Disease Outbreaks
Surveys and Questionnaires

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Knowledge, motivation, and attitudes of Hungarian family physicians toward pandemic influenza vaccination in the 2009/10 influenza season : Questionnaire study. / Rurik, Imre; Langmár, Zoltán; Márton, Hajnalka; Kovács, E.; Szigethy, Endre; Ilyés, István.

In: Croatian Medical Journal, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2011, p. 134-140.

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Rurik, Imre ; Langmár, Zoltán ; Márton, Hajnalka ; Kovács, E. ; Szigethy, Endre ; Ilyés, István. / Knowledge, motivation, and attitudes of Hungarian family physicians toward pandemic influenza vaccination in the 2009/10 influenza season : Questionnaire study. In: Croatian Medical Journal. 2011 ; Vol. 52, No. 2. pp. 134-140.
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