publication date: Nov. 3, 2015
Outreach Program Boosts Completion of Three-Dose HPV Vaccine Series
A multicomponent outreach program increased completion of the three-dose human papillomavirus vaccination series that reduces the risk of cervical cancer, according to a joint study by UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Health & Hospital System.
The study was the first to compare effectiveness in safety-net hospital populations of HPV-specific information and follow-up calls to those overdue for later doses of the vaccine, versus more traditional general vaccine information. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics, and was funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
The study was conducted at Parkland, the public health system for Dallas County, the ninth largest county by population and one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. From Parkland’s system of 10 neighborhood-based pediatric clinics, researchers identified four clinics with the largest volume of patients aged 11 to 18. All of the clinics use electronic health records. At the time of this study (2010-2011), the vaccine was only recommended for girls. Since then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended that boys also receive the vaccine.
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