Purpose: Within the United States, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates remain low. We examined HPV vaccine recommendation practices among Florida clinicians by assessing variability in: (1) recommendation priorities by patient characteristics and (2) concordance with best practices.
Methods: In 2018 and 2019, we conducted a cross-sectional survey incorporating a discrete choice experiment among primary care clinicians (MD/DO, APRN, and PA). We used linear mixed-effects models to determine the importance of patient characteristics (age, sex, time in practice, and chronic condition) and parental concerns. We compared clinician endorsement of predetermined constructs with reported vaccine recommendation statements.
Results: Among 540 surveys distributed, 272 were returned and 105 reported providing preventive care to 11- to 12-year-olds (43% response rate). Among completing clinicians, 21/99 (21%) did not offer the HPV vaccine. Among clinicians offering the vaccine (n = 78), 35%-37% of each decision to recommend the vaccine was based on the child's age (15 vs. 11 years). For closed-ended questions, most clinicians endorsed best practices including emphasizing cancer prevention (94% for girls and 85% for boys; p = .06), vaccine efficacy (60% both sexes), safety (58% girls and 56% boys), importance at 11-12 years (64% both sexes), and bundling vaccines (35% girls and 31% boys). When clinicians reported their typical recommendation, fewer clinicians incorporated best practices (59% cancer prevention, 5% safety, 8% the importance at 11-12 years, and 8% bundling vaccines).
Discussion: HPV vaccination recommendation strategies among Florida clinicians somewhat aligned with best practices. Alignment was higher when clinicians were explicitly asked to endorse constructs versus provide recommendations.
Keywords: Adolescents; Clinician recommendation; Discrete choice experiment; HPV vaccine; Mixed-methods.
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