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Clinical Trials Update
April 24, 2018

Better Communication Can Improve HPV Vaccine Rates

JAMA. 2018;319(16):1649. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.4013

A training intervention to help clinicians better communicate about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines with adolescent patients and their parents increased initiation and completion of HPV vaccine series among both boys and girls, reported a study in JAMA Pediatrics.

Participants included 188 medical professionals at 16 primary care practices and 43 132 adolescent patients. Half the practices were cluster randomized to receive the intervention, which consisted of 5 components: HPV fact sheets customized to each practice’s patient population, a parent education website, HPV-related disease images, an HPV vaccine decision aid, and 2 and a half hours of communication training for clinicians.

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