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The Effect of a Planning Prompt on Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Rates

Information source: University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Seasonal Influenza

Intervention: Planning Prompt (Behavioral); Control Condition (Behavioral)

Phase: N/A

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: University of Pennsylvania

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Katherine L Milkman, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania

Summary

The investigators conducted a 3-arm randomized controlled trial to test whether a low-cost planning intervention could increase influence vaccination rates.

Clinical Details

Official title: The Effect of a Planning Prompt on Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Rates

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Health Services Research

Primary outcome: Receipt of 2009 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination

Detailed description: Seasonal influenza causes 20,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in the U. S. each year. Past psychology research has demonstrated that prompting people to form an implementation plan of the form, "When situation x arises, I will implement response y," increases attainment of desired goals because the desired behavior is linked to a concrete future moment. This type of planning prompt is a "nudge" in the direction of desired behavior that can be implemented at minimal expense and does not restrict individual autonomy. We conducted a 3-arm randomized controlled trial to test whether a low-cost planning intervention could increase influence vaccination rates. We show that planning prompts can be successfully applied to improve health behaviors.

Eligibility

Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.

Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria:

- Vaccine indications according to fall 2009 CDC criteria (age >= 50 or chronic disease

- Employee at partner corporation that implemented the study

Exclusion Criteria:

- None

Locations and Contacts

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: October 2009
Last updated: September 21, 2010

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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