Enlisting primary care physicians’ help in protecting their patients against the world’s most common sexually transmitted infection was the focus of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
You can listen to their conversation at the SoundCloud link above.
Taylor co-authored a study that examined the results of encouraging primary care physicians to convince their patients to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, according to nursing theorist Nola L. Pender’s health promotion model.
“Research shows that there are so many influences (on a) patient’s decision, whether it’s through a blog or through social media, but ultimately the relationship with the provider is going to be key,” Taylor said.
HPV can cause genital warts as well as cancers of the cervix, anus, penis, vulva and vagina, along with the mouth and throat.
According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 80 million people in the United States are infected with HPV. An estimated 14 million become newly infected each year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that HPV immunization begin at age 11 or 12. Children can be immunized as early as age 9, however.
Taylor’s report, which she co-authored with the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Leslie W. Hopkins and Ginny Moore, is titled “Increasing human papillomavirus immunization in the primary care setting.”
It’s been published in the October 2021 issue of The Nurse Practitioner, a peer-reviewed academic journal.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
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