Read the full project summary at: https://www.pcori.org/research-results/2017/comparing-strategies-health-clinics-increase-hpv-vaccinations-youth
What is the research about?
Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cancer or other health problems in men and women. An HPV vaccine for youth between the ages of 11 and 26 can protect them from HPV infection.
In this study, the research team is comparing three ways to increase the number of youth who get the HPV vaccine. One way is to send reminders to parents to have their child vaccinated. Another way is for clinics to provide specialized training for clinicians, such as doctors and nurses, and staff to make sure that the vaccine is offered to all eligible youth. The third way is to both send parent reminders and provide training for clinicians and health clinic staff.
Who can this research help?
Information from this study can help health clinics plan ways to increase use of the HPV vaccine among youth.
What is the research team doing?
The research team is working with seven Northeast Valley Health Corporation, or NEVHC, clinics in Los Angeles County to enroll 17,000 youth between the ages of 11 and 17 in the study. The clinics serve families with low incomes who have Medicaid or no insurance and speak mainly Spanish. The team is assigning the seven NEVHC clinics to one of three groups by chance.
In the first group, parents get a text message or mailed reminder to have their child vaccinated. In the second group, the research team trains clinicians and health clinic staff to make changes to clinic routines to ensure that the clinic always identifies youth who are eligible for the vaccine. The trainings also teach clinicians how to discuss the vaccine with parents and youth. In the third group, parents get a reminder to have their child vaccinated and researchers provide the same training for clinicians and staff.
The research team is looking at the health records of each child in the study to find out if the number of youth who have received the HPV vaccine increases over time. Researchers are also comparing how likely youth in each group are to be vaccinated.
Parents of youth who are patients at a NEVHC clinic; NEVHC clinicians, leaders, and staff; and people who work for community organizations that care about HPV vaccination are working with the research team to plan and conduct the study.