Parental education and text messaging reminders as effective community based tools to increase HPV vaccination rates among Mexican American children Journal Article


Authors: Aragones, A.; Bruno, D. M.; Ehrenberg, M.; Tonda-Salcedo, J.; Gany, F. M.
Article Title: Parental education and text messaging reminders as effective community based tools to increase HPV vaccination rates among Mexican American children
Abstract: Objective: Latino populations, particularly Mexican-Americans who comprise 65% of the Latinos in the U.S., are disproportionately affected by HPV-related diseases. The HPV vaccination completion rates remain low, well below the Healthy People 2020 goal. In this study we assessed the effect of parental education and a text messaging reminder service on HPV vaccine completion rates among eligible children of Mexican American parents. Study design: Nonequivalent group study of Mexican parents of HPV vaccine eligible children attended the Health Window program at the Mexican Consulate in New York City, a non-clinical, trusted community setting, during 2012-2013. 69 parents received HPV education onsite, 45 of whom also received a series of text message vaccination reminders. We measured HPV vaccination completion of the youngest eligible children of Mexican parents as the main outcome. Results: 98% of those in the education plus text messaging group reported getting the first dose of the vaccine for their child and 87% among those in the educational group only (p = 0.11). 88% of those receiving the 1st dose in the text messaging group reported completing the three doses versus 40% in the educational group only (p = 0.004). Conclusions: Parental text messaging plus education, implemented in a community based setting, was strongly associated with vaccine completion rates among vaccine-eligible Mexican American children. Although pilot in nature, the study achieved an 88% series completion rate in the children of those who received the text messages, significantly higher than current vaccination levels. © 2015 The Authors.
Keywords: adult; child; major clinical study; united states; outcome assessment; follow up; cancer prevention; clinical assessment; health insurance; health service; pilot study; vaccination; educational status; health education; community care; wart virus vaccine; papillomavirus infection; parental attitude; human papillomavirus vaccine; text messaging; human; male; female; article; hpv vaccine barriers; community intervention; latino children; mexican; mexican american; parental education; reminder system
Journal Title: Preventive Medicine Reports
Volume: 2
ISSN: 2211-3355
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2015-01-01
Start Page: 554
End Page: 558
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.06.015
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC4721322
PUBMED: 26844117
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Notes: Export Date: 3 August 2015 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Francesca Mara Gany
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