“Vaccine Whisperers” Try a Gentler Approach

Some doctors are trying out a new approach to sway vaccine-doubting parents—one rooted in dialogue, aimed at assuaging a parents’ hesitancy before it becomes entrenched.
Meeting with a hesitant new mother in Québec, neonatologist Arnaud Gagneur used motivational interviewing—asking questions “like a less abrasive Socrates”—and keeping a light tone. He held back from describing “the tiny corpses he had tried in vain to save,” Eric Boodman writes.
He succeeded because, the mother said, “… he told me that, whether I chose to vaccinate or not, he respected my decision as someone who wanted the best for my kid.”

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