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Facilitating Completion of HPV Vaccination

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 17, 2012
Last Update Posted : April 18, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Brief Summary:

With the surge in use of electronic media among adolescents, a strategy that has been utilized to increase HPV4 uptake in girls has been reminder text messaging to their parents. To date, no published study has looked at the effectiveness of texting adolescents themselves (especially boys) rather than their parents OR compared texting to social network sites to increase HPV knowledge and uptake of HPV vaccination in boys. Interactive technology-based interventions targeted at youth are feasible in North Carolina for the following reasons: (1) through the NC Minors' Consent Law adolescents can consent to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 90-21.5(a); and (2) many school based health centers can provide immunizations. Since HPV infection is a sexually transmitted infection, NC teens do not have to get consent for HPV prevention (i.e., vaccination).

To optimize HPV vaccination in young people, especially males, communication strategies are needed to motivate adolescents to get themselves vaccinated. Texting has been demonstrated to be a feasible, popular, and effective method of sexual health promotion to young people with a relatively low withdrawal rate, positive feedback, and an observed improvement in sexual health knowledge and STI testing (12). Social media communication strategies are a new and potentially effective channel for communicating public health messages about HPV vaccine that are also likely to increase HPV initiation and completion among adolescent girls in addition to boys.

According to the NC Immunization Registry, as of March 8, 2011, only 2% of boys ages 9-13 had received at least one dose of HPV vaccine. In the investigators continuity clinic less than 50 percent of adolescents are fully immunized. This project will identify social behavioral, emotional, and cognitive correlates and predictors that help explain why teens pursue, complete, and do not complete HPV vaccination, and develop a social media communication intervention collaboratively with teens to increase HPV vaccine initiation and completion.

Condition or disease
Adolescent Immunizations Among Clinic Population

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 223 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Facilitating the Completion of the 3-Dose Series of HPV Vaccination in Males and Females
Actual Study Start Date : May 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 9, 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : July 5, 2016

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. HPV vaccination uptake [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adolescent males and females age 11-21 at a Pediatric clinic

Inclusion Criteria:

  • incomplete immunization

Exclusion Criteria:

  • complete immunization

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01600560

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United States, North Carolina
UNC Pediatric Clinic
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, 27599
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Principal Investigator: Tamara Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Responsible Party: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Identifier: NCT01600560     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-1551
First Posted: May 17, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 18, 2017
Last Verified: April 2017