Sherman, SM, Cohen, C, Denison, H, Bromhead, C and Patel, H (2019) A survey of knowledge, attitudes and awareness of the human papillomavirus among healthcare professionals across the UK. European Journal of Public Health, 30 (1). pp. 10-16. ISSN 1101-1262

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection implicated in 5% of cancers worldwide including most cervical cancer cases. In the UK, the HPV vaccine has been offered routinely to girls aged 11-13 since 2008 while cervical screening is offered to women aged 25-64. HPV testing will soon replace cytology as the primary screening method. This research evaluates what healthcare professionals across the UK know about HPV.

A total of 643 UK-based HCPs from primary and secondary care took part in an anonymous cross-sectional survey between March and April 2018. The survey measured general HPV knowledge; HPV triage and test of cure (TOC) knowledge; HPV vaccine knowledge; attitudes to the HPV vaccine, and self-perceived adequacy of knowledge.

Participants had a generally good understanding of HPV and the vaccination but there were gaps in detailed knowledge of the NHS HPV testing processes. There were some gaps in knowledge about the health sequelae of HPV for males. Years since HPV training was associated with triage and TOC and vaccine knowledge scores. Furthermore, nurses and doctors in colposcopy clinics had much greater odds of having higher knowledge across all domains than other roles. In total, 76.2% of participants felt adequately informed about HPV and 35.6% made suggestions for improvements in training, many of which requested additional frequency and topics.

Our results suggest that additional training is needed to ensure HCPs are equipped to deal with the changing landscape of HPV screening and vaccination in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Oxford University Press at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cervical screening, HPV vaccination, healthcare professionals, HPV knowledge
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 15 May 2019 08:02
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2020 14:18

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