Identifying human papillomavirus vaccination practices among primary care providers of minority, low-income and immigrant patient populations Journal Article


Authors: Bruno, D. M.; Wilson, T. E.; Gany, F.; Aragones, A.
Article Title: Identifying human papillomavirus vaccination practices among primary care providers of minority, low-income and immigrant patient populations
Abstract: Objective: Minority populations in the United States are disproportionally affected by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and HPV-related cancer. We sought to understand physician practices, knowledge and beliefs that affect utilization of the HPV vaccine in primary care settings serving large minority populations in areas with increased rates of HPV-related cancer. Study design: Cross-sectional survey of randomly selected primary care providers, including pediatricians, family practice physicians and internists, serving large minority populations in Brooklyn, N.Y. and in areas with higher than average cervical cancer rates. Results: Of 156 physicians randomly selected, 121 eligible providers responded to the survey; 64% were pediatricians, 19% were internists and 17% were family practitioners. Thirty-four percent of respondents reported that they routinely offered HPV vaccine to their eligible patients. Seventy percent of physicians reported that the lack of preventive care visits for patients in the eligible age group limited their ability to recommend the HPV vaccine and 70% of those who reported this barrier do not routinely recommend HPV vaccine. The lack of time to educate parents about the HPV vaccine and cost of the vaccine to their patients were two commonly reported barriers that affected whether providers offered the vaccine. Conclusions: Our study found that the majority of providers serving the highest risk populations for HPV infection and HPV-related cancers are not routinely recommending the HPV vaccine to their patients. Reasons for providers' failure to recommend the HPV vaccine routinely are identified and possible areas for targeted interventions to increase HPV vaccination rates are discussed. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: adult; controlled study; aged; quality control; cancer prevention; uterine cervix cancer; vaccination; cross-sectional study; drug treatment failure; general practitioner; ethnic group; normal human; human experiment; internist; wart virus vaccine; lowest income group; health care practice; papillomavirus infection; immigrant; human papillomavirus vaccine; human; male; female; priority journal; article; hpv vaccine and primary care providers; hpv vaccine barriers; pediatrician
Journal Title: Vaccine
Volume: 32
Issue: 33
ISSN: 0264-410X
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2014-07-16
Start Page: 4149
End Page: 4154
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.05.058
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC4107630
PUBMED: 24886959
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Notes: Export Date: 1 August 2014 -- CODEN: VACCD -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Francesca Mara Gany
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