You are evaluating a 4-month-old girl. On reviewing her history, you determine that the infant is not up to date on her vaccinations. You review the recommended immunization schedule with the parents and identify which vaccines were missed at 2 months. Both parents show reluctance to have their daughter vaccinated. You inquire about their reasons for not wanting to immunize; however, they do not provide any explanations. You wonder what the possible reasons could be for their perceptions regarding vaccinations. Your literature review reveals a qualitative study by Benin et al (“Qualitative analysis of mothers’ decision-making about vaccines for infants: the importance of trust”) that might offer some insight. (1 )

Qualitative research is a systematic form of inquiry aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the context of experiences, processes, and behaviors. This methodology provides a framework for investigating research questions that focus on understanding the “why”...

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