UK health professionals' attitudes and knowledge regarding Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination: A West Yorkshire Study
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 45, Issue 11, pages 652–655, November 2009
How to Cite
Hopkins, T. G., Wood, N. J., West, R. M. and Darling, J. C. (2009), UK health professionals' attitudes and knowledge regarding Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination: A West Yorkshire Study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 45: 652–655. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2009.01589.x
- Issue published online: 29 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 29 OCT 2009
- Accepted for publication 23 April 2009.
- human papillomavirus;
Aim: To investigate the willingness of clinicians to recommend human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, the strength of support for a national HPV vaccine programme and to determine which factors, if any, affected these.
Methods: An online, invitation-only questionnaire was developed and distributed to three medical professional groups in the West Yorkshire Region, United Kingdom.
Results: Two hundred twenty-two responders were included in the final analysis, from the following
specialties: general practice (62), paediatrics (103) and obstetrics and gynaecology (57). The majority of doctors were in favour of an National Health Service-funded national vaccination programme. Over 90% supported vaccination of girls as early as ages 11–13. Fewer doctors felt comfortable recommending vaccination to parents of girls under 16 than to young women. Latent class analysis demonstrated that doctors' self-rated knowledge of the HPV vaccine was an important determinant of willingness to recommend vaccination. Younger, more recently qualified doctors were less likely to be willing to recommend vaccination.
Conclusions: There is widespread support for vaccination. Information provision to doctors will be important in maximising clinician confidence in recommending vaccination, and may be most beneficial when targeted at more junior doctors.