Researchers analyse the barriers and facilitators to immunisation uptake in Traveller communities

18 November 2013

Researchers analyse the barriers and facilitators to immunisation uptake in Traveller communities

Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University's Institute for Applied Health Research (IAHR) are working on a new study aimed at understanding the barriers and facilitators to immunisation uptake in Traveller communities to inform interventions to promote uptake.

Researchers will interview people in the Traveller communities, as well as health and community workers who provide services for these communities. There are an estimated 360,000 Travellers in the UK who live in different communities, including Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities. 
 
The Understanding Uptake of Immunisation in Traveller Communities (UNITES) study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research's Health Technology Assessment programme (£359,179) and involves Dr Susan Kerr and Dr Carol Emslie from the Institute for Applied Health Research / School of Health and Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University and Bridget Gallagher from Glasgow City Community Health Partnership. 

The study will be undertaken in four cities across the UK and is led by Dr Cath Jackson at the University of York working in collaboration with York Travellers Trust, the University of the West of England, North Bristol NHS Trust, University College London, London Gypsy and Traveller Unit, the University of East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr Susan Kerr said: “We look forward to working with the Travelling communities in Glasgow on this important project. In order to meet the specific needs of different Traveller populations, we need to understand what helps and hinders individuals and families when making decisions about the uptake of immunisations. This project will produce ideas for programmes to increase the uptake of immunisation generated by Travellers themselves.”

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