Intern project: Impact of the COVID pandemic on the perception of older adults towards vaccination and their healthcare-seeking-behavior.
In January 2019, an international project called the VITAL (The Vaccines and InfecTious diseases in the Ageing population) project was started at the National Coordination Centre for Communicable Disease Control of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)., in collaboration with several other international partners.
Vaccination of adults and elderly people is not widely thought of as a major need with great benefit for the vaccinated people and society in general, compared with vaccination of children. The proportion of persons aged 65 years and older is expected to increase to one third of the European population. As older people are more prone to infections, infectious diseases will become more common among this aging population. Consequently, the amount of disease and associated healthcare costs will rise, making vaccination of this target group important. Acceptance of this measure is crucial in order for it to be effective.
One of the studies within this project was a focus group study that explored, amongst others, the arguments of older adults (50 years and older) to receive or not to receive vaccination. In addition, a questionnaire was filled in about the frequency of contacts older adults had with healthcare professionals.
After the data collection of both the focus groups and the questionnaire, COVID-19 became a pandemic, leading to different (severe) measures in different countries to control the virus.
We are interested in the impact of the COVID pandemic on the perceptions of older adults on vaccination and their healthcare seeking behavior.
The internship will consists of two parts:
- Organizing 2-3 focus groups and collecting data on the impact of the COVID pandemic and their perceptions on older adult vaccination. This data will also be analyzed by the student.
- Analyzing questionnaire data exploring changes in contacts with healthcare professionals and healthcare seeking behavior of older adults during the COVID pandemic.
The end product of the internship will be a scientific article which we intend to publish. The internship will therefore consist of all aspects of research; designing, collecting, analyzing and writing, as well as gaining experience in both qualitative and qualitative research for the student.
We are looking for a motivated Master student with expierence in both qualitative research methods as quantitative research methods and affinity with infection prevention control.
Being able to work idependently, having analytical skills and having the hands on mentality are advantages for this position.
- Dienstverband Afstudeerstage / scriptie
- Minimaal aantal uren per week 30
- Maximaal aantal uren per week 40
Stageperiode: 6 months, starting August/September
Please address your application to Renske Eilers, Wetenschappelijk medewerker.
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) plays an important role in the prevention and control of infectious diseases. All activities taking place in this area are the responsibility of the Centre for Infectious Disease Control (CIb) and consist of effective prevention, great vigilance, and rapid response to potential outbreaks. In the event of a disease outbreak, CIb coordinates prevention and control measures at the national and international level and gives support to local and regional authorities in implementing national control measures. CIb formulates disease prevention and control strategies for health professionals and advises government bodies and professionals in the field. An important part of this task is to improve the quality and uniformity of prevention and control strategies. Equally important is clear and reliable communication to the public health professionals and effective international cooperation.
The student will be based at the National Centre for Communicable Disease Control (LCI) of the RIVM. The centre is a dynamic international and stimulating group, hosting regular activities regarding communicable disease control, guidelines development and communications, as well as research and capacity building projects. The LCI is responsible for coordinating communicable diseases by issuing scientific and practical advice to the field, developing guidelines and stimulating collaboration between stakeholders. There are experts of different disciplines, including communicable disease control specialists (arts M&G), nurses, epidemiologists, researchers, communication experts. The centre has numerous collaborative links with external academic and non-academic institutions.
Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:
Renske Eilers, Wetenschappelijk medewerker030-274700
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