Promoting and Providing HPV Vaccination in Hawaii: Barriers Faced by Health Providers.

Despite the availability of HPV prophylactic vaccines, uptake has been suboptimal in the US. In the state of Hawaii, HPV vaccine coverage has decreased among females and remains low among males aged 13-17. The reasons for low uptake are unknown and may indicate the existence of critical barriers to HPV vaccination. The purpose of this investigation was to identify policy, system and environmental barriers and promoters of pediatric HPV vaccination in Hawaii. An online 86-item survey addressing knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, practices, and barriers to HPV vaccination was distributed to practicing physicians in Hawaii specializing in Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Obstetrics-Gynecology. Survey responses were received from a total of 120 physicians. Private practice physicians reported more concerns with vaccine ordering and stocking costs (p < 0.0001), reimbursement levels (p < 0.0001), and insurance coverage (p < 0.0001) compared to physicians in large group practices. Eighty-three percent of providers cited


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Added on: 14 April, 2016
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