Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common virus that can cause genital warts and certain cancers. The HPV vaccine is effective in preventing many HPV-associated diseases; however, vaccination rates suggest many remain unprotected.
In a recent, study Dr. Donna L. Williams, faculty in Behavioral & Community Health and Director of the Louisiana Cancer Prevention & Control Programs (LCP) in the LSU School of Public Health, identified successful strategies used by physicians to improve HPV vaccination rates. The study published in the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society, (Volume 169); in the May/June 2017 issue suggest successful and wide used methods among high performing providers in Louisiana, the majority of which should be easily reproducible with minimal resources to improve HPV vaccination rates.
This study is co-authored by Courtney S. Wheeler, MPH, is associated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Michelle Lawrence, MPH, is associated with the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health; Stacy S. Hall, RN MSN, is associated with the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health Immunization Program; Michael Hagensee, MD, PhD, is associated with the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine.
To learn more about the Louisiana Cancer Prevention & Control Programs (LCP) in the LSU School of Public Health or this publication Louisiana Physicians Are Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates