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Awareness and Attitude Relating to the Human Papilloma Virus and its Vaccines Among Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists in Turkey

  • Tolunay, Orkun (Department of Pediatrics, Adana Numune Training and Research Hospital) ;
  • Celik, Umit (Department of Pediatrics, Adana Numune Training and Research Hospital) ;
  • Karaman, Seyfettin Senih (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Adana Numune Training and Research Hospital) ;
  • Celik, Tamer (Department of Pediatrics, Adana Numune Training and Research Hospital) ;
  • Resitoglu, Salim (Department of Pediatrics, Adana Numune Training and Research Hospital) ;
  • Donmezer, Cigdem (Department of Pediatrics, Adana Numune Training and Research Hospital) ;
  • Aydin, Fahri (Department of Pediatrics, Adana Numune Training and Research Hospital) ;
  • Baspinar, Huseyin (Department of Pediatrics, Adana Numune Training and Research Hospital) ;
  • Mert, Mustafa Kurthan (Department of Pediatrics, Adana Numune Training and Research Hospital) ;
  • Samsa, Hasan (Department of Pediatrics, Kayseri Training and Research Hospital) ;
  • Arli, Sefa (Department of Pediatrics, Kayseri Training and Research Hospital)
  • Published : 2015.01.22

Abstract

Background: To determine the level of knowledge on human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and vaccination, and the attitude towards HPV vaccination in pediatricians, obstetricians and gynecologists (OBG). Materials and Methods: Participants were administered a 40-question survey, investigating the demographic properties, the knowledge on the HPV infection-vaccination and attitudes towards vaccination. Results: The study enrolled a total of 228 participants (131 pediatricians and 97 OBGs). At a rate of 99.6%, the participants agreed with the fact that the HPV infection was the most common sexually transmitted disease and 33.8% of the participants had the opinion that the HPV vaccination should be administered only in women. The lowest level of HPV vaccine recommendation was among the pediatrics specialists (59.4%, p=0.012). When asked whether they would have their daughters receive HPV vaccination, 79.5% of the participants answered favorably; this rate was 36.7% for the sons. At a rate of 59.5% of the participants thought that the HPV vaccine needed to be included in the national vaccine schedule. Most of the participants (91.6%) had the idea that reduction of the vaccine costs would increase the vaccination frequency. Conclusions: We observed that the consideration of the costs and the prejudices relating to the inefficacy of vaccination as well as the inadequate level of knowledge were involved in the physicians' resistance to HPV vaccination. We believe that the healthcare professionals should be informed adequately to overcome false beliefs, thereby ensuring success of the HPV vaccine upon inclusion in the national vaccine schedule in the future.

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