Louisiana Physicians Are Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates

Donna Lisa Williams, DrPH; Courtney Suzanne Wheeler, MPH; Michelle Lawrence, MPH; Stacy Stevens Hall, RN MSN; Michael Hagensee, MD

 

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common virus that can cause genital warts and certain cancers. The HPV vaccine is effective in preventing many HPV-associated diseases, however, vaccination rates suggest many remain unprotected. This study examined successful strategies used by physicians to improve HPV vaccination rates.

Providers with above average vaccination rates were identified. A representative from each provider participated in an interview to identify strategies used to boost HPV vaccination. 

Key strategies in ensuring vaccine completion were reminders, education, standing orders, and scheduling future vaccine appointments at time of first dose. Other successful strategies included coupling the HPV vaccine with adolescent vaccines, administering during well-visits, and recommending the vaccine as protection against cancer and genital warts. 

Findings suggest successful and widely used methods among high performing providers in Louisiana, the majority of which should be easily reproducible with minimal resources to improve HPV vaccination rates.

 

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