The association of patient-held records and completion of immunizations

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1981 Apr;20(4):270-4. doi: 10.1177/000992288102000407.


Patient-held records have been advocated as a means of increasing knowledge of an compliance with the processes of health care. The association between one type of patient-held record, the immunization record, and completion of the recommended immunizations for the first year is examined. Immunization completion rates varied by socioeconomic and medical care use variables; but, for all variables studied, completion rates were higher for those infants for whom immunization records were available than those without such records. An experimental assessment of the usefulness of patient-held immunization records as a means of improving compliance and meeting national goals for levels of immunization is suggested.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Diphtheria Toxoid / administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Maryland
  • Medical Records*
  • Medical Records, Problem-Oriented*
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Pertussis Vaccine / administration & dosage
  • Poliovirus Vaccine, Oral / administration & dosage
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Regional Medical Programs*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Tetanus Toxoid / administration & dosage
  • Vaccination*


  • Diphtheria Toxoid
  • Pertussis Vaccine
  • Poliovirus Vaccine, Oral
  • Tetanus Toxoid