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The Problem of Pediatric Vaccine Refusal (1 hour Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for: Pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses. Other interested healthcare professionals are also welcome to participate.

Nine in 10 US pediatricians have experienced parental refusal of immunization, and 12% make it a policy to dismiss those families from their practices. This monograph will review the ethical, public health and family education issues from a risk management standpoint in the current dilemma to dismiss or not-to-dismiss.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  1. Educate vaccine-hesitant parents effectively and persistently.
  2. Access and be conversant with the new AAP position document on patient dismissal for vaccine refusal.
  3. Determine a policy appropriate to your practice on patient dismissal for vaccine refusal.
  4. When dismissing a pediatric patient, implement a dismissal procedure that reduces the risk for a successful allegation of patient abandonment.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 8 out of 10 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 60 minutes

CME Information - Read

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit.

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


State Requirements: This course may meet specific CME requirements for the following states. It is the user's responsibility to confirm whether content meets the user's state's specific requirements:
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

CME Disclosure Policy: LAMMICO requires authors, speakers, planners, faculty and all those who influence the content of a CME activity to disclose any financial relationships they have with commercial interests that are relevant to the CME activity. The disclosures shall be reviewed for any conflict of interest and subject to a mechanism for resolution of conflict of interest. A disclosure statement of relevant financial relationships will be made to the audience prior to the activity.

Disclosure: The author, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Author: Ruth Ryan, RN, BSN, MSW - Read Bio

Medical Expert Reviewers: Michael K. Hill, MD - Read Bio

Karl N. Hanson, MD, FAAFP - Read Bio

Editor: Karen C. Duncan, RN, Attorney at Law - Read Bio

Managing Editors: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director of Risk Management and Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

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Risk Management Committee Members - Read

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Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education. It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care. Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient. The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2017

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Original Release Date: January 11, 2018
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Expiration Date: January 11, 2021

This course is offered through Experix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Physicians Insurance, and is based on more than 30 years' experience in providing continuing medical education. This course is complimentary for Physicians Insurance members.

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