University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository




Dr. Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA



Purpose: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of Physician Assistants intervention on mothers’ knowledge of cervical cancer and acceptance of HPV vaccination for their adolescent children.

Method: A search of the relevant articles was done on various clinical databases such as PubMed, JAMA and others, using the search was conducted with search termsHPV; vaccine; community health; women's health; HPV infection, genital warts, and Cervical Cancer. A total of nine pertinent journal articles were identified and retrieved. These journals served as the primary basis for this clinical review.

Results: Evidence-based research demonstrated educating parents on the importance of HPV vaccines does increase awareness, which correlates with immunization and decrease infection.

Conclusion: This journal review examines the impacts of interventions by physician assistants on parents' awareness about cervical cancer and the importance of HPV vaccinations for their children, both girls and boys. The review indicates that the lack of proper maternal health education is one of the most common factors influencing the low uptake of HPV vaccinations. Most parents allow common myths regarding sexual beliefs, and the safety of the vaccine limits their ability to include HPV vaccination budgetary arrangements. However, PAs holds a strategic position in acting as valuable sources of information to educate parents about the significance of HPV vaccines. Initiating HPV discussions enables PAs to build stronger relationships with parents and adolescents, enhancing the effectiveness of dispelling common misconceptions of these vaccines. It also ensures that PAs can schedule follow-ups to ensure that the three doses are completed. However, more studies are needed to establish the feasibility of these observations in practical settings in an attempt to generate data supporting the journal findings.

Keywords: HPV; vaccine; community health; women's health; genital warts; cervical cancer.


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