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November 4, 1998

Improving Vaccination Coverage Through Accelerated Measurement and Feedback

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

JAMA. 1998;280(17):1482-1483. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-17-jbk1104

To the Editor.—A previous study documented success in improving immunization rates of 136000 children served by 200 public health clinics in Georgia through the application of a 7-year program of "measurement and feedback."1 This measurement and feedback program consisted of annual sampling of charts to determine the proportion of 2-year-olds up-to-date on their immunizations at each clinic, communication of clinic-specific rates, including their rank order, and awards for best performers.2 From 1988 to 1994, up-to-date rates increased from 53% to 89%.

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