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Investigating knowledge and attitude of medical students and other medical staff about HPV vaccination
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Background and objective: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus that is directly related to cervical cancer. There is an increasing number of people infected with human papillomavirus virus worldwide, especially in undeveloped and developing countries. Knowledge, awareness, and attitude of the community in the acceptance of HPV vaccination has a significant effect on controlling the infection to this virus. Evaluating and improving the level of knowledge in medical students and medical staff as pioneers in providing health services can increase the level of attitude and knowledge of individuals to the diseases associated with the virus. For this aim, the researchers designed and conducted this study to evaluate the knowledge and attitude of medical students and other medical staff about HPV vaccination.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was implemented on 400 medical students and other medical staff of Islamic Azad University during 2016 to 2017. Demographic data of all participants were recorded in the data collection sheet. Then, the attitude of participants about vaccination with HPV vaccine was determined by the questionnaire, and the distribution was evaluated based on age, gender, marital status, and education. Eventually, the relationship between age, sex, marital status and education with the level of information and knowledge of the participants was investigated. Data were analyzed using SPSS statistical software version 21. The significance level was considered P <0.05 in this study.
Results: 322 females and 77 males between 20 to 72 years of age (mean age of 27.33 ± 6.78 years) participated in this study. Descriptive data showed that the majority of participants had a moderate to high level of knowledge about HPV infection (about 70%) and vaccination (about 60%). The results showed that increase in age increases the level of knowledge about infection and vaccination of HPV. So that, the increasing trend in HPV vaccination is significant (p-value> 0.05). In general view, statistical data showed that variables such as gender and marital status do not have a significant effect on knowledge of individuals. The findings showed that there is a significant difference in knowledge about HPV vaccination among different groups (P-value <0.05), and gynecologists and infectious specialists have the highest level of knowledge compared to other people.
Conclusion: Knowledge and attitude about HPV infection and vaccination was relatively desirable among medical students and personnel in our study. Constant aimed training may be useful in increasing the level of knowledge and attitude of these people.
Keywords: Human Papillomavirus, HPV, vaccination, attitude and knowledge level.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2018/12/28 | Accepted: 2018/12/28 | Published: 2018/12/28
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Investigating knowledge and attitude of medical students and other medical staff about HPV vaccination. NPWJM. 2018; 6 (19) :23-31
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