To the author’s knowledge, this chapter is the first to apply the theory of relational autonomy to views towards maternal vaccination and decision making. It provides valuable insights into how healthcare professionals’ interactions with their pregnant patients can influence vaccination acceptance. The chapter contains advice on how both healthcare professionals and policy-makers can include mothers in vaccine decision-making processes in more personalised ways, by adopting a dialogue that appreciates and understands the social processes around vaccination concerns.
I would like to acknowledge the Brocher Foundation in Geneva for hosting me and giving me the time and space to analyse and write up my research. I am also extremely grateful to Dr. Sophie Zadeh for introducing me to the theory of relational autonomy.
This research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Immunisation at LSHTM, in partnership with Public Health England (PHE). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR, the Department of Health or of Public Health England.
Wilson, R.J., Chantler, T., Lees, S., Paterson, P. and Larson, H. (2017), "The Patient–Healthcare Worker Relationship: How Does it Affect Patient Views towards Vaccination during Pregnancy?
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