I am delighted my intervention, “DOSE HPV: Development of Systems and Education for HPV Vaccination” has been added to the RTIPs repository! I am including more information about the intervention below, and I would love to hear about the types of interventions other R2R members are using to increase HPV vaccination rates!
In the United States, approximately 79 million people are infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV can lead to health complications including cancers of the cervix, tongue, tonsils, penis, vulva, and vagina; pre-cancerous lesions that require treatment; and genital warts. Each year, nearly 3 million men and women seek medical care related to HPV and more than 30,000 are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV. The most dangerous forms of HPV infection can be prevented by receiving the HPV vaccination series. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all adolescents receive the HPV vaccine series, which is approved for 9- to 26-year-olds. Because early vaccination is more effective, recommendations include initiating the series by age 12 and completing the series by age 13. Healthy People 2020 goals are to fully vaccinate 80% of boys and girls, because countries where this has been achieved have already documented decreases in rates of cervical cancer, cervical dysplasia, and genital warts. Current vaccination rates in the United States are less than 80%, however, so interventions are needed to increase HPV vaccination among adolescents and young adults to protect them from diseases and cancers caused by HPV.
DOSE HPV: Development of Systems and Education for HPV Vaccination is a multi-component intervention that educates the medical providers of adolescents and young adults about HPV, the HPV vaccine, and communicating with parents about the importance of the vaccine with the aim of increasing HPV vaccination rates. The intervention combines standardized HPV education, training in a focused motivational interviewing technique, and quality improvement techniques to improve clinician-parent communication about the vaccine and decrease missed opportunities for vaccination.