Public Deliberation Study Offers Potential for Higher Vaccination Rates

Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Photo of a person filling a vaccination needle with a vial.
Engaging public in discussions around vaccinations


A new project by University of Guelph researchers looking at how to encourage public discussion of vaccination may also lead to higher vaccination rates, says the lead researcher.

The study will examine how best to engage people, including parents, in public deliberation about controversial topics, utilizing vaccination as a case model, said psychology professor Kieran O’Doherty. The study received a $100,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research last summer.

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