August 21, 2014
Missed opportunities for HPV vaccination are related to parents’ and physicians’ assumptions about the timing of vaccination relative to onset of sexual activity, according to study findings in Pediatrics.
Rebecca B. Perkins, MD, MSc, of Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, and colleagues conducted parent and physician interviews at an inner-city public clinic and three private practices between September 2012 and August 2013. The study cohort included 124 parents who accompanied their daughters, aged 11 to 17 years, to pediatric well-child visits or problem visits, 30 primary care providers and seven nurses. Interviews determined parental and provider views on why eligible girls did or did not receive HPV vaccination.