Engaging new partners in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine promotion: Considerations for training private practice dental professionals in HPV vaccine promotion

Natoshia Askelson, Grace Ryan, Susan McKernan, Aaron Scherer, Eliza Daly, Lejla Avdic

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Abstract

Objectives: With rates of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination remaining low and rates of oropharyngeal cancer rising, engaging new partners to promote vaccination is necessary. We aimed to identify dental hygienists' and dentists' knowledge about HPV, the HPV vaccine, and preferences for continuing education. Methods: This mixed-methods study recruited dental hygienists and dentists working in private practice in Iowa to participate in a mailed cross-sectional survey (dental hygienists) and qualitative telephone interviews (dental hygienists and dentists). Survey and interview topics included existing knowledge about HPV vaccination, HPV vaccination promotion efforts, barriers to HPV vaccine promotion, and preferences for continuing education (CE). Results: We received 470 surveys from dental hygienists (response rate = 22.6%) and interviewed 19 dental hygienists and 20 dentists. Vaccine efficacy and safety, along with communication strategies, were key topics of interest for CE. Dental hygienists' most commonly identified barriers were lack of knowledge (67%) and low comfort levels (42%). Conclusions: Knowledge was identified as a key barrier to providing a strong recommendation for HPV vaccination and convenience was the most important factor to consider for any future CE. Our team is in the process of designing a CE course based on this information to help dental professionals effectively engage in HPV vaccine promotion in their practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Public Health Dentistry
Volume83
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Authors. Journal of Public Health Dentistry published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Association of Public Health Dentistry.

Keywords

  • continuing education program
  • dental hygienists
  • dentists
  • human papillomavirus
  • surveys

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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