Julie Jacobson Vann, PhD, RN, MS
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Since 1998, Julie Jacobson Vann has worked on systematic literature reviews aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to improve immunization uptake. These interventions include audit and feedback, patient reminder and recall systems, and provider reminders or clinical decision support tools. She initially served as Project Director of this project and moved into the role of Principal Investigator approximately 12 years ago. Her Cochrane Collaboration systematic literature review and meta-analysis assesses the effectiveness of patient reminder and recall strategies, specifically telephone, letter, postcard, text-message, autodialer, messages through secure patient portals, and combinations of interventions, on increasing vaccination rates. For the past 4.5 years, she has led the third extensive update to the patient reminder and recall systematic review. This update involved screening approximately 5,000 scientific abstracts and fully reviewing more than 300 published articles. This systematic review is expected to be published in the Cochrane Library in fall 2017.