The aim of this research was to analyse the efficacy of an educational initiative to improve the awareness and comfort of oral health professionals (OHPs) of HPV in discussing the vaccination process with their Indian and Alaskan Indians. Four validated questions, including a social demographic survey, a pre-lecture questionnaire, a post-reading survey and a follow-up questionnaire, were completed by participants. In the answers between the pre-Q and post-q and Chi-square tests the McNemar test was used to evaluate the importance of marginal probabilities in the response. The sociodemographic poll, pre-Q and post-Q have been performed by a total of 122 OHP. 29 OHPs completed the 8 weeks of follow-up-Q among these.

A pre-Q study shows that only 6.8% of OHP’s talk about the correlation of HPV and oropharyngeal cancer to patients, and the main obstacle identified is lack of knowledge on the topic. 86,5% of OHP reported having recommended the HPV vaccine more often as an instructional procedure, and 69,8% thought it was administered more comfortably. There was a substantial increase in HPV skills between Pre-Q and Post-Q. The study indicates that the education intervention was successful in increasing OHP’s HPV awareness and in improving its convenience and readiness to discuss with its patients vaccination.

Reference: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21645515.2020.1752595