Today’s primary care practices are where patients frequently turn for an array of immunization needs for the purpose of disease prevention. These may be seasonal, age-recommended or even travel-related . This study was a pilot test to determine the actual costs that practices incur when providing different types of immunization. A web-based electronic system designed to calculate this financial information was used. This research project was conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the AAFP National Research Network (AAFP NRN) and the State Chapters of the AAFP.
The purpose of the project was two-fold: to determine the feasibility for using this electronic system for tracking immunization data, and to gather information regarding the barriers that practices encounter while using the system.
A total of 3 community physicians participated in this study.
Edward Blumen, M.D., Family Medicine
This project was completed between June and August of 2010.