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The Acceptability of HPV Vaccines and Perceptions of Vaccination against HPV among Physicians and Nurses in Hong Kong

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School of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
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The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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School of Public Health, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang 310058, Zhejiang Province, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(10), 1700; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101700
Received: 30 March 2019 / Revised: 4 May 2019 / Accepted: 10 May 2019 / Published: 14 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
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Abstract

Background: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections nationwide. Methods: This is the first cross-sectional survey assessing physicians’ and nurses’ knowledge of HPV and recording their attitudes to HPV vaccination in Hong Kong. Survey questions were derived from the Health Belief Model. Results: 1152 clinicians (170 physicians and 982 nurses) aged 21 and 60 participated in this study. A multiple stepwise regression model was used to examine associations between cognitive factors (clinicians’ attitudes) and subjects’ intention to HPV vaccine uptake. Results showed that only 30.2% of physicians and 21.2% nurses found vaccinating for HPV acceptable. Conclusions: Perceived self-efficacy was the only significant background and cognitive variable associated with physicians’ and nurses’ accepting HPV vaccines. Further, when nurses found HPV vaccination acceptable, cues to action was featured as a significant background variable in their choice. View Full-Text
Keywords: HPV vaccine; acceptability; physicians; nurses; self-efficacy HPV vaccine; acceptability; physicians; nurses; self-efficacy
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Cheung, T.; Lau, J.T.; Wang, J.Z.; Mo, P.; Siu, C.; Chan, R.T.; Ho, J.Y. The Acceptability of HPV Vaccines and Perceptions of Vaccination against HPV among Physicians and Nurses in Hong Kong. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1700.

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