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Dr. Sean T. O'Leary

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Pediatric Infectious Disease Spec...

Children's Hospital Colorado
Phone: (720) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Denver , Colorado , United States
Children's Hospital Inc
13123 East 16Th Avenue
Aurora , Colorado 80045
United States

Company Description: The Children's Hospital has defined and delivered pediatric healthcare excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, The Children's Hospital is a leading...   more
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  • M.D.
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • M.P.H.
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Institute for Health Research - About
www.kpco-ihr.org, 25 Dec 2015 [cached]
Sean T. O'Leary, MD Children's Hospital Colorado
Doctors in the South and Northeast ...
www.chicagotribune.com, 3 Nov 2015 [cached]
Doctors in the South and Northeast were more likely to take this hard-line stance, said study lead author Dr. Sean O'Leary, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver.
But O'Leary said he's heard anecdotally that pediatricians across the nation have come under pressure to refuse to take on unvaccinated children, following the Disneyland measles outbreak earlier this year.
"I'm hearing the practice has become more common, particularly in California, following the outbreak," O'Leary said. "Parents say, 'I don't want to take my child to a clinic with nonvaccinators and expose them to risk,' so there is parental pressure on some pediatricians."
An ongoing medical debate continues to simmer over a doctor's right to refuse treatment for children whose parents are against vaccination, O'Leary added.
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There are a number of reasons why pediatricians take this tack, said O'Leary and Dr. H. Dele Davies, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' committee on infectious diseases.
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Pediatricians also may feel that they won't be able to establish a relationship with parents if they can't see eye to eye on vaccination, O'Leary said.
"The pediatrician might feel that the physician/patient relationship may not be a productive one if they're so far apart in terms of a core concept like vaccination," O'Leary said. "Pediatricians consider vaccination one of the most important things they do."
Finally, pediatricians sometimes use the threat of dropping a family to persuade parents to agree to vaccination, O'Leary said.
"It really convinces a lot of parents to go ahead and get their child vaccinated, because it's such a strong message about the importance of vaccination," he said.
No one knows what happens to families who are dropped for vaccination refusal, which demonstrates the need for further research on this topic, O'Leary said.
"This practice is pretty common, and we don't know what happens to those families," he said.
A small number of pediatricians -- ...
www.recordpub.com, 23 Dec 2015 [cached]
A small number of pediatricians -- about 1 in 5 -- have turned away unvaccinated families from their practices, said Dr. Sean O'Leary, an associate professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital Colorado and lead author of the study.
The number of pediatricians who reported dismissing families in his 2012 national survey is about the same as in 2009, O'Leary said. But after high-profile measles outbreaks this year, including one at Disneyland in California, O'Leary said he's hearing anecdotally that more pediatricians are dismissing families in part because parents who vaccinate are putting pressure on doctors to stand up to the anti-vaccine movement.
"The last thing doctors want to do is send kids away," O'Leary said. "When they take a stance as strong as that, that's going against their core principles and it sends a strong message about vaccinations."
Bianconi acknowledged that she has had families leave her practice before the policy change because they didn't want to expose their children to diseases in doctors' offices that could be carried by unvaccinated kids. But she said that public health interests were more important than business considerations in making the decision.
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More than 60 percent of pediatricians reported spending about 10 minutes talking about vaccinations, O'Leary said.
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No published studies have examined the impact that a policy of dismissing families has on uptake of vaccines or on the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, O'Leary said.
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Meyer and O'Leary agree that because pediatricians still dismiss families despite recommendations to the contrary, the practice should be better explored.
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"It's a difficult decision for pediatricians," O'Leary said.
2015 Conference Agenda
coloradoidsociety.com, 6 Mar 2015 [cached]
3:15 - 4:05 pm Vaccines Update 2015 - Sean O'Leary, MD, Assistant Professor, Children's Hospital of Colorado
Sean O'Leary, MD, Fort ...
www.coloradocamp.org, 18 Feb 2009 [cached]
Sean O'Leary, MD, Fort Collins Youth Clinic
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Sean O'Leary, MD, Fellow, Infectious Disease, The Children's Hospital
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