Does the success of a school-based HPV vaccine programme depend on teachers' knowledge and religion? - a survey in a multicultural society

Woo, Y.L. and Razali, S.M. and Chong, K.R. and Omar, S.Z. (2012) Does the success of a school-based HPV vaccine programme depend on teachers' knowledge and religion? - a survey in a multicultural society. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 13 (9). pp. 4651-4654. ISSN 1513-7368

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Abstract

Organized introduction of prophylactic human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination can reduce the burden of cervical cancer in developing countries. One of the most effective ways is through a national school-based program. Information on teachers is therefore important since this group may have a disproportionate influence in the success of any implementation. Objective: To assess teachers' knowledge and perception of HPV, cervical cancer and HPV vaccine prior to commencing a school-based HPV vaccination program in a multiethnic, predominantly Muslim country. Factors associated with acceptability of the vaccine are identified. Method: A bilingual questionnaire was applied to 1,500 secondary school teachers from 20 urban schools in Malaysia. Data collected were analyzed using SPSS version 17. Results: 1,166 questionnaires were returned. From this group, 46.1 had never heard of HPV while 50.9 had never had a pap smear. However, 73.8 have heard of the HPV vaccine with 75 agreeing to have it. 96 considered themselves religious with 79.8 agreeing to have the vaccine. Conclusions: A national school-based HPV immunization program can be implemented effectively in a multiethnic, cultural and religious country despite limited knowledge of HPV-related pathology among teachers. In addition, the perception that religion has a negative influence on such a program is unwarranted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: HPV vaccine; school-based vaccination programme; cervical cancer; prevention; developing world; cervical-cancer prevention; adolescent girls; attitudes; acceptance; university australia; students; women
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 00:11
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 00:11
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/10836

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