HPV vaccine attitudes and practices among primary care providers in Appalachian Pennsylvania

Prev Chronic Dis. 2009 Apr;6(2):A49. Epub 2009 Mar 16.


Introduction: The incidence of cervical cancer in Appalachia exceeds the national rate; rural Appalachian women are at especially high risk. We assessed the attitudes and practices related to human papillomavirus vaccination among providers in primary care practices in a contiguous 5-county area of Appalachian Pennsylvania.

Methods: In December 2006 and May 2007, all family medicine, pediatric, and gynecology practices (n = 65) in the study area were surveyed by 2 faxed survey instruments.

Results: Of the 65 practices, 55 completed the first survey instrument. Of these 55, 44 offered the vaccine to their patients. Forty of the 44 practices offered it to girls and women aged 9 to 26 years, and 11 were willing to accept referrals from other practices for vaccination. The average reported charge for each of the 3 required injections was $150. Of the 55 practices that responded to the first survey instrument, 49 responded to the second survey instrument, 46 of which recommended the vaccine to their patients.

Conclusion: The prevalence of offering the vaccine against human papillomavirus was high in this area of Appalachian Pennsylvania. Future interventions may focus on community education because the vaccine is available from most providers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Appalachian Region
  • Child
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Health Care Costs
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / economics
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / immunology*
  • Pennsylvania
  • Physicians, Family
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines