Recommendations for primary care physicians to improve HPV vaccination rates during clinical encounters

Roberto Cardaelli, Kathryn M. Cardarelli

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The availability of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has positioned primary care physicians to play an active role in ensuring its successful implementation. However, physicians must be aware of common knowledge, attitudes, and belief barriers associated with HPV and the vaccine that are often encountered during clinical visits. This editorial provides primary care physicians an overview of these barriers and realistic recommendations utilizing the "5A's" - Awareness, Assess, Address, Acceptability, and Activate. This mnemonic can help facilitate a physician's systematic approach to increasing HPV vaccination rates during the clinical encounter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10
JournalOsteopathic Medicine and Primary Care
StatePublished - Oct 23 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the UNT Health Science Center through an intramural ForHER grant and by 1R21CA126732 from the National Cancer Institute and 1H75MN000008-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to KMC. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NCI or CDC.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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