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Effectiveness of short message services reminder on childhood immunization programme in Kadoma, Zimbabwe - a randomized controlled trial, 2013

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Title
Effectiveness of short message services reminder on childhood immunization programme in Kadoma, Zimbabwe - a randomized controlled trial, 2013
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BMC Public Health, February 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-1470-6
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Donewell Bangure, Daniel Chirundu, Notion Gombe, Tawanda Marufu, Gibson Mandozana, Mufuta Tshimanga, Lucia Takundwa

Abstract

Globally, non-attendance for immunization appointments remains a challenge to healthcare providers. A review of the 2011 immunization coverage for Kadoma City, Zimbabwe was 74% for Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), Pneumococcal and Pentavalent antigens. The immunization coverage was less than 90%, which is the target for Kadoma City. Adoption of short message services (SMS) reminders has been shown to enhance attendance in some medical settings. The study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of SMS reminders on immunization programme for Kadoma City. A randomized controlled trial was conducted at Kadoma City clinics in Zimbabwe. Women who delivered and were residents of Kadoma City were recruited into the study. In the intervention group, SMS reminders were sent at 6, 10 and 14 weeks in addition to routine health education. In the non-intervention no SMS reminders were used, however routine health education was offered. Data were collected using interviewer administered questionnaire. Data were analyzed using Epi Info 7™, where frequencies, means, risk ratios and risk differences were generated. A total of 304 participants were recruited, 152 for the intervention group and 152 for the non-intervention group. The immunization coverage at 6 weeks was 97% in the intervention group and 82% in the non-intervention group (p < 0.001). At 14 weeks immunization coverage was 95% for intervention and 75% for non-intervention group (p < 0.001). Those who did not delay receiving immunization at 14 weeks was 82% for the intervention and 8% for non-intervention group. Median delay for intervention was 0 days (Q1 = 0; Q3 = 0) and 10 days (Q1 = 6; Q3 = 17) for non-intervention group. The risk difference (RD) for those who received SMS reminders than those in the non intervention group was 16.3% (95% CI: 12.5-28.0) at 14 weeks. Immunization coverage in the intervention group was significantly higher than in non-intervention group. Overall increase in immunization coverage can be attributed to use of SMS. ISRCTN70918594 . Registration Date: 28 August 2014.

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Country Count As %
Indonesia 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 243 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 47 19%
Researcher 28 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 28 11%
Student > Postgraduate 24 10%
Student > Bachelor 21 9%
Other 35 14%
Unknown 62 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 74 30%
Nursing and Health Professions 32 13%
Social Sciences 12 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 3%
Psychology 6 2%
Other 42 17%
Unknown 72 29%
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#3,692,754
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#3,951
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#53,616
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Public Health
#64
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