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ERIC Number: EJ1110125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Development of a Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Intervention for Australian Adolescents
Cooper, Spring C.; Davies, Cristyn; McBride, Kate; Blades, Joanna; Stoney, Tanya; Marshall, Helen; Skinner, S. Rachel
Health Education Journal, v75 n5 p610-620 Aug 2016
Objective: Australia has implemented a nation-wide programme providing a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to girls and boys through school-based programmes. Previous research has identified three distinct areas for attention: (1) lack of understanding about HPV and HPV vaccination, (2) young people's desire for involvement in decision-making about HPV vaccination and (3) fear of HPV vaccination. We aimed to develop an intervention to address young people's low levels of understanding, to promote their involvement in consent and reduce vaccination-related fear and anxiety. Design, Setting, Methods: Formative qualitative research was conducted in six public, private and Catholic schools in the Sydney metropolitan area. Girls who were offered the vaccine in a school programme and aged 12-13 years were interviewed in focus groups. Piloting of materials was conducted in three private schools across Sydney with both girls and boys, and changes and additions were made to the materials in accordance with feedback. Results: We developed an educational intervention aimed at addressing gaps in young people's knowledge and understanding, and offering strategies to improve confidence with vaccination and reduce needle-related anxiety. Components of the final intervention include film chapters, a magazine, a website, an app and teacher support materials. The intervention is designed for teachers and/or nurses to deliver and is linked to the school-based HPV vaccination programme. Conclusions: This is the first educational intervention designed for young people in HPV school-based vaccination, to be developed from empirical data with the involvement of young people themselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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