Masters Thesis

HPV: a silent intruder

The purpose of this study is to identify best practices in regards to HPV. The study was non-experimental and used qualitative research. Content analysis and hermeneutics were used to locate and analyze the data. The researcher describes what HPV is, health related illness from HPV, HPV associated cancers, vaccination options, vaccination rates, importance of female Pap smears, screening options and vaccination rates among female and males. The findings indicate there are no best practice programs for HPV, only perspectives from stakeholders on how to increase HPV awareness and increase vaccination uptake. The researcher found four categories on which to focus: educating families; stakeholder perspectives; resistance to vaccine and; best practice issues. The results found that stakeholders recommend early intervention for receiving the vaccinations, marketing the vaccine as cancer prevention, and using pharmaceutical companies to generate strong messages for families. The researcher provides recommendations for best practice issues by implementing new programs through the Public Health Department to work with school districts, and suggests developing a HPV school-based vaccination program. The researcher also provides recommendations for stakeholders such as changing the marketing to focus on males and females; using HPV topics for continuing education for physicians and; use of celebrities to educate the public about HPV and health related issues.

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