Recommending Gardasil-9 at 9 in the Primary Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Project

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Leister Morton, Kaitlyn
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2024-04-19
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HPV vaccination rates in the United States lag far below Health People 2030’s benchmark of 80% of children between the ages of 9-26 being fully vaccinated. Inadequate HPV vaccination is a multifactorial issue, but parental vaccine hesitancy and the lack of strong provider recommendations to vaccinate play key roles. Parental vaccine hesitancy has only worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic, making providers’ efforts to vaccinate even harder. The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) QI project was to increase HPV vaccination rates using a comprehensive strategy, which included implementing a new clinic protocol to start routinely recommending HPV vaccination at 9 years old, and providing healthcare providers with in-person education and a toolkit of resources in order to enable them to provide strong recommendations for vaccination, especially to vaccine-hesitant parents in a primary care setting, over a 10-week period.
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Creighton University
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