Increasing the Vaccination Rates of Adolescent Males 11 to 18 Years of Age in an Urban Pediatric Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project
Date of Degree
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to determine if an evidence-based educational toolkit and an electronic reminder system would increase the rate of HPV vaccination among male adolescents, age 11-18 years old in an urban pediatric clinic. Background & Significance: HPV is one of the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infections in the United States. The safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccine have been established and approved for both males and females. Despite recommendations, vaccination rates among adolescent males remain lower compared to females. Methods: An evidenced-based educational toolkit from the CDC along with an electronic reminder that flags patients due for vaccines, prompting staff to make vaccine recommendations, was implemented. This QI project utilized a retrospective review of 100 male patient charts preand post-intervention. Results: A significant increase in provider’s knowledge and recommendations for HPV vaccination from 53% to 74.4%, and 66.7% to 100%, respectively, contributed to a 49% increase in HPV vaccination rates post-intervention. Conclusion: The study showed that an evidence-based educational brochure and reminder system was effective in increasing HPV vaccination rates among adolescent males at an urban pediatric practice.
Fadare, Victoria, "Increasing the Vaccination Rates of Adolescent Males 11 to 18 Years of Age in an Urban Pediatric Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project" (2017). Doctor of Nursing Practice. 23.