"1-2-3 Pap" Intervention Improves HPV Vaccine Series Completion Among Appalachian Women

Robin C. Vanderpool, Elisia L. Cohen, Richard A. Crosby, Maudella G. Jones, Wallace Bates, Baretta R. Casey, Tom Collins

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Completion of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series is a national priority. This study not only identified correlates of intent to complete the vaccine series and actual series completion, but also tested the efficacy of a DVD intervention to promote series completion. Women's beliefs that all 3 doses reduced cancer risk predicted intent and completion. Intention predicted completion, as did the belief that having a friend accompany the woman would promote completion. Beyond these effects, women assigned to the intervention were 2.44 times more likely than women in the usual care group to complete the series. Thus, in controlled analyses, a theory-grounded DVD intervention successfully promoted HPV series completion in a community setting. This method of intervention has high translational potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-115
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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