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Mothers' Knowledge and Attitudes about HPV Vaccination to Prevent Cervical Cancers

  • Kose, Dilek (Department of Pediatric Nursing, Division of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, Sakarya University) ;
  • Erkorkmaz, Unal (Department of Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine, Sakarya University) ;
  • Cinar, Nursan (Department of Pediatric Nursing, Division of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, Sakarya University) ;
  • Altinkaynak, Sevin (Department of Pediatric Nursing, Division of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, Sakarya University)
  • Published : 2014.09.15

Abstract

Background: Cervical cancer which is one of the most preventable cancers is an important public health problem worldwide, and especially in developing countries. The aim of this study was to determine knowledge and attitudes about the HPV vaccination of mothers with 0- to 18-year old children. Materials and Methods: Written approval was taken from the local authorities. The study subjects consisted of 799 mothers who agreed to participate. The data were collected via a "Personal Information Form" which included 30 questions that were prepared by the researchers themselves in line with the literature. The data were collected by face to face interviews with the mothers. Analyses were performed using commercial software. Results: The mean age of the mothers who participated in the study was $32.0{\pm}6.52$, and 88.1% reported no information about HPV, and 83.5% no information about HPV vaccination. Only 0.7% of the mothers had daughters who had HPV vaccination, and 44.3% of the mothers who had sons were found out to be indecisive about having HPV vaccination. There was a significant corelation between the educational status of the mothers and their knowledge about HPV vaccination (p<0.05). However, there was no significant correlation in terms of economic conditions (p>0.05). Conclusions: This study suggested that mothers had very little information on HPV and HPV vaccination. Knowledge of the disease and its vaccination is an essential factor for the success of the vaccination program. It is of great importance that mothers are trained in this subject by health professionals.

Keywords

Cervical cancer;human papilloma virus;vaccine;mothers' knowledge and attitudes;Turkey

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