HPV Survey

The University of California Irvine Department of Head and Neck Surgery is conducting a survey for Pediatricians regarding HPV vaccination practices.

Cancer prevention strategies such as reduced tobacco use and avoidance of ultraviolet radiation are responsible for a major portion of the recent steady decline in the overall death rate for cancers in the United States [Jemal et al 2017]. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, available since 2006, is unique in its ability to harness the immune system to prevent infection by certain strains of HPV that have been linked to cancer. However, despite increasing knowledge of the link between HPV infection and cancer, rates of vaccination within the pediatric population continue to be low [Varmus 2017].

The purpose of this survey is to assess practice patterns within the pediatrician population regarding counseling for HPV, barriers to widespread adoption of the vaccine, and general knowledge about HPV and its link to cancer. The ultimate aim is to identify which factors contribute most to the decision of whether or not to administer the vaccine, and to understand the availability of information regarding the link between HPV and cancer within the pediatric patient and provider population. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and it is completely anonymous. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Michael Berger (michael.berger@uci.edu). We sincerely thank you for your contribution to our study. Please click the link below to get started!