Geisel Researchers Receive $6.2 Million Grant to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Long-Term Care Workers

A team of researchers at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, led by Glyn Elwyn, MD, PhD, MSc, and Marie-Anne Durand, PhD, has received a $6.2 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to test approaches that may increase confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine among those working in long-term care facilities.

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 with the mission of funding research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information they need to make better informed healthcare decisions.

Public health experts agree that COVID-19 vaccination is the most promising solution to the pandemic. But vaccine hesitancy persists among some groups in the U.S.—with factors such as the speed of vaccine development, limited research data on vaccine safety, and poor-quality information on the web and in the media contributing to people having mistrust and false beliefs about the vaccines.

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