Improving Adolescent HPV Vaccination Rates in the Family Practice Setting

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Mergen, Veronica
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2021-05-14
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The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the cause of the most common sexually transmitted disease and can be prevented with the Gardasil 9 vaccine. The completion rates for the HPV vaccination series remain low in the United States despite the recommended guidelines available for primary care providers. Between girls and boys ages 13-17, less than 55% have completed the HPV vaccination series. Previous studies reviewed have seen positive results using advanced technology techniques, providers directly educating about the vaccine, and starting the HPV series at the age of 9 instead of waiting until ages 11-12. The main purpose of this project was to improve the adolescent HPV vaccination rate in one family practice setting in a midwestern metropolitan area by using an electronic teaching method for the parents of adolescents between the ages of 9-19 years. Data were collected using a three-point post Likert questionnaire and immunization rates were compared with data from the previous year. Results determined there was an 8.4% vaccination rate during the implementation of this project when compared to the previous year at 4.3% vaccination rate. The results from the Likert questionnaire using the electronic teach method determined that it was well perceived. This quality improvement project helped improve HPV vaccination rates using an electronic teaching method along with earlier initiation of the vaccine at age of nine.|Keywords: HPV, vaccine(s), adolescents, improve, rates
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