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HPV vaccine knowledge and beliefs among Cambodian American parents and community leaders.

Do, Hoai and Seng, Paularita and Talbot, Jocelyn and Acorda, Elizabeth and Coronado, Gloria D and Taylor, Victoria M (2009) HPV vaccine knowledge and beliefs among Cambodian American parents and community leaders. Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention : APJCP, 10 (3). pp. 339-344. ISSN 1513-7368

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BACKGROUND: The cervical cancer incidence rate among Cambodian American women is 15.0 per 100,000, compared to 7.7 per 100,000 among non-Latina white women. HPV infection has been identified as a universal risk factor for cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine was recently approved in the United States for females aged 9-26 years. There is little information about HPV vaccination knowledge and beliefs in Southeast Asian communities. METHODS: We conducted 13 key informant interviews with Cambodian community leaders, as well as four focus groups with Cambodian parents (37 participants). Two of the focus groups included fathers and two of the focus groups included mothers. Interview and focus group questions addressed HPV vaccine barriers and facilitators. RESULTS: Participants had limited knowledge about HPV infection and the HPV vaccine. Barriers to HPV vaccination included a lack of information about the vaccine, as well as concerns about vaccine safety, effectiveness, and financial costs. The most important facilitators were a health care provider recommendation for vaccination and believing in the importance of disease prevention. DISCUSSION: Future cervical cancer control educational programs for Cambodians should promote use of the HPV vaccine for age-eligible individuals. Health care providers who serve Cambodian communities should be encouraged to recommend HPV vaccination.

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Additional Information: This article is freely available at the journal website.
PubMed ID: 19640169
PMCID: PMC2858686
Grant Numbers: CA114640
Keywords or MeSH Headings: Adolescent; Adult; Cambodia; Child; Culture; Female; Focus Groups; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Humans; Immunization/utilization; Interviews as Topic; Male; Papillomaviridae/immunology; Papillomavirus Infections/prevention & control/psychology/virology; Papillomavirus Vaccines/therapeutic use; Parents; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; United States; Uterine Cervical Neoplasms/prevention & control/psychology/virology; Young Adult;
Depositing User: Library Staff
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2010 19:52
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2012 14:43

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