Recommending STI vaccination to parents of adolescents: the attitudes of nurse practitioners

Sex Transm Dis. 2004 Jul;31(7):428-32. doi: 10.1097/01.olq.0000130536.71812.e5.


Background: Future successful sexually transmitted infection (STI) vaccine programs will depend on health professionals' readiness to vaccinate adolescents.

Goal: The goal was to examine nurse practitioners' willingness to recommend STI vaccines to parents of adolescent patients.

Study design: Participants rated 13 hypothetical vaccine scenarios, each of which was defined along 4 dimensions: infection; patient age, patient gender, and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorsement. Conjoint analysis was used to determine the relative contribution of each dimension to the ratings.

Results: Generally, participants were amenable to recommending STI vaccines. Conjoint analysis indicated that AAP recommendation, infection, and patient age most strongly influenced ratings. There was particular interest in an HIV vaccine, but there was reluctance to vaccinate younger adolescents or to vaccinate without AAP endorsement.

Conclusions: Nurse practitioners are willing to recommend STI vaccines to parents of adolescents. Professional organization endorsement plays an important role in this decision. Younger-aged adolescents were not viewed as candidates for these vaccines.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Child
  • Counseling
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Indiana
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse Practitioners / psychology*
  • Parents*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data*