Acceptance of the HPV vaccine among women, parents, community leaders, and healthcare providers in Ohio Appalachia

Mira L. Katz, Paul L. Reiter, Sarah Heaner, Mack T. Ruffin, Douglas M. Post, Electra D. Paskett

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To assess HPV vaccine acceptability, focus groups of women (18-26 years), parents, community leaders, and healthcare providers were conducted throughout Ohio Appalachia. Themes that emerged among the 23 focus groups (n = 114) about the HPV vaccine were: barriers (general health and vaccine specific), lack of knowledge (cervical cancer and HPV), cultural attitudes, and suggestions for educational materials and programs. Important Appalachian attitudes included strong family ties, privacy, conservative views, and lack of trust of outsiders to the region. There are differences in HPV vaccine acceptability among different types of community members highlighting the need for a range of HPV vaccine educational materials/programs to be developed that are inclusive of the Appalachian culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3945-3952
Number of pages8
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - Jun 19 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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