Perspectives of Medical Experts’ on Health Culture for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Compared to Auxiliary Health Workers

Document Type : Research Articles

Authors

1 Cancer Control Research Center, Cancer Control Foundation, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

2 Tobacco Control Research Center (TCRC), Iranian Anti-tobacco Association, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 Department of pulmonary medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

4 PhD in Cultural Management and Planning, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

5 Associate Professor, Safety Promtion and Injury Prevention Research Center of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

Background and Objectives: The viewpoints of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences medical experts’’ were compared with those of auxiliary health workers regarding health culture related to human papillomavirus vaccination in 2020. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 220 medical experts’ (gynecologists, cultural, psychological, infectious, dermatological, and educational) and auxiliary health workers were randomly selected and investigated. The required data were collected using a researcher-made questionnaire modeled on international questionnaires. These questionnaire contained demographic information on the subjects’ age and sex as well as health culture was also assessed by measuring the knowledge, attitude, and practice of the subjects. Results: The mean age of the included medical experts’ and auxiliary health workers was 38.0 3±8.3 and 35.2±7.5 years old, respectively. There was a significant difference in the knowledge of auxiliary health workers as 55.3 ± 3.8 in comparison with the medical experts’ as 51.6 3± 6.3 (p <0.002). There was a significant difference on whether changing cultural attitudes about the need for vaccination could be effective on reducing sexually transmitted diseases between the auxiliary health workers  and medical experts’  (p <0.001). There was a significant difference in the knowledge of auxiliary health workers 55.3 ± 3.8 in comparison with the psychology and cultural experts’ as 48.5± 6.3, 48.3± 6.8 (p<0.001) respectively. Conclusion: Knowledge among the auxiliary health workers was significantly different from that of psychology and cultural experts’ in relation to health culture for human papillomavirus vaccination. It was indicated that these experts need to upgrade their health culture knowledge to increase the rate of community participation in human papillomavirus vaccination.

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Volume 23, Issue 12
December 2022
Pages 4093-4097
  • Receive Date: 28 April 2022
  • Revise Date: 18 September 2022
  • Accept Date: 10 December 2022
  • First Publish Date: 10 December 2022