nj acts logoPlease read Dr. Btoush’s article in The American Journal of Health Promotion titled, “Factors that Influence Healthcare Provider Recommendation of HPV Vaccination.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends routine use of HPV vaccination for females and males between ages 11 and 12 years and catch-up HPV vaccination for all persons through age 26 years. Yet, HPV vaccination is well below Healthy People 2030s goal of 80% completion rate for adolescents. The rates for adolescents 13–17 who are up-to-date on the recommended HPV vaccine doses were 54% nationally and 52% in New Jersey for females; and 49% nationally and 46% in New Jersey for males.  Moreover, site-based studies in New Jersey found lower rates of HPV vaccine uptake among adolescents younger adolescents (11–12 years) and those seen by non-pediatric HCPs. Several studies have shown that healthcare provider (HCP) recommendation of the HPV vaccine is associated with increased uptake as well with fewer parental refusals and delays for the HPV vaccine. Despite the critical role of HCPs in improving HPV vaccine uptake, the proportion of HCPs who report discussing the HPV vaccine with parents of adolescents in the target adolescent age groups ranges between 35% and 48%. It is worthwhile to note that studies have defined HCPs differently by including physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), or combinations of these groups. To read the full article.

Factors that Influence Healthcare Provider Recommendation of HPV Vaccination. Btoush R, Kohler RK, Carmody DP, Hudson SV, Tsui J. Am J Health Promot. 2022 Apr 20:8901171221091438. PMID:35442819 DOI: 1177/08901171221091438 Online ahead of print.