Brief report: Measuring the attitudes of health care professionals in Dane County toward adolescent immunization with HPV vaccine.

University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, Wis, USA.
WMJ: official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin 07/2009; 108(4):203-5.
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Evaluate regional health care professionals' views of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination recommendations for adolescent patients through a mailed survey.
A 16-question self-administered questionnaire was mailed to 518 physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners in Dane County, Wis, working in family medicine, pediatrics, or gynecology in September 2006. The survey addressed health care professionals' willingness to recommend the HPV vaccine, populations they would target for a recommendation, and justifications provided to patients regarding the benefits of HPV vaccination.
Of the health care professionals who were mailed a survey, 39% responsed. The majority (95%) of professionals were willing to recommend the HPV vaccine to their adolescent patients. Most practitioners (67%) were planning to recommend the vaccine to their female patients only and are most comfortable vaccinating patients >10 years of age. Health care professionals were looking to their own health profession organizations for vaccination recommendations.
Health care professionals in family medicine, pediatrics, and gynecology in Dane County, Wis, have positive attitudes regarding HPV vaccine recommendation for their adolescent patients.

1 Bookmark
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: To use both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the evolution of practices and opinions regarding human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among French general practitioners. A cross-sectional study (self-questionnaires) was performed in 2007 and repeated in 2010 among 271 general practitioners. Semi-structured interviews were conducted on 27 voluntary participants by a sociologist and analyzed according to content analysis. Acceptability of HPV vaccination had increased from 2007 to 2010 (79.9 vs. 87.1 %, respectively), just as the practice of HPV vaccination among 14-year-old girls (19.0 vs. 49.1 %, respectively). Though about 60 % reported complications associated with HPV vaccination, irrespective of year, the types of difficulties have varied: difficulties related to "questions asked by patients" had decreased, though concerns about side effects had remained stable. During interviews, difficulties related to "the reason for medical consultation" and "the target age" were often associated with addressing the issue of sexuality, especially when the parents were present. Although the high level of acceptability of HPV vaccination among general practitioners, which increased from 2007 to 2010, there remain difficulties in addressing this practice.
    International Journal of Public Health 04/2014; 59(3). · 1.99 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Two human papillomavirus vaccines were licenced in 2006/2007 for cervical cancer prevention. National vaccination programmes for schoolgirls were subsequently introduced in some European countries, North America and Australia. To understand factors influencing vaccine uptake and to inform the development of appropriate UK educational materials, we aimed to synthesise evidence of girls' and parents' information needs, views and preferences regarding HPV vaccination. Systematic review and mixed method synthesis of qualitative and survey data. 12 electronic databases; bibliographies of included studies 1980 to August 2011. Two reviewers independently screened papers and appraised study quality. Studies were synthesised collaboratively using framework methods for qualitative data, and survey results integrated where they supported, contrasted or added to the themes identified. Twenty-eight qualitative studies and 44 surveys were included. Where vaccination was offered, uptake was high. Intention to decline was related to a preference for vaccinating later to avoid appearing to condone early sexual activity, concerns about vaccine safety and low perception of risk of HPV infection. Knowledge was poor and there were many misconceptions; participants tried to assess the potential benefits and harms of vaccination but struggled to interpret limited information about HPV in the context of existing knowledge about sexually transmitted infections and cancer. Conclusion Many girls and their parents have limited understanding to an extent that impinges on their ability to make informed choices about HPV vaccination and could impact on future uptake of cervical screening. This is a considerable challenge to those who design and provide information, but getting the messages right for this programme could help in developing patient information about other HPV related cancers.
    Vaccine 09/2013; · 3.49 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cervical cancer disproportionately affect low-income and minority women. HPV vaccines have the potential to either reduce or exacerbate racial disparities in HPV-related diseases and cervical cancers, depending on the equitability of vaccine uptake. This review aims to identify barriers and facilitators of equitable uptake of HPV vaccination among low-income and minority girls. This review discusses factors related to race, ethnicity, and income that are associated with initiation and completion rates of the 3-dose HPV vaccine series and presents targets for intervention. We reviewed relevant English-language literature to identify current vaccination rates and factors associated with vaccine uptake. Study findings related to race (black, Latino, Asian), and incomes were summarized. Current trends in the United States indicate low uptake among all adolescents, and that rates stagnated between 2011 and 2012. Low-income and minority adolescents are equally or more likely to start the HPV vaccination series than are white and higher-income adolescents, but are less likely to complete all 3 shots. Provider recommendation is a key factor in HPV vaccination, and minorities are less likely to report receiving recommendations for HPV vaccination. As black, Hispanic, and Asian populations continue to grow in the United States over the next several decades, it is imperative that we not only improve HPV vaccination rates overall, but also focus on high-risk populations to prevent an increase in cervical cancer disparities.
    Clinical Therapeutics 01/2014; 36(1):24-37. · 2.59 Impact Factor


1 Download