The goal of the study was to determine if resident physicians are vaccinating eligible patients with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. A comparison of the primary care specialties in the United States was undertaken to compare utilization of the vaccine, education during training and foundation of knowledge. Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology were compared.METHODS:
A 37-point electronic survey was generated using the online software. Program coordinators were asked to share the weblink to the survey with their residents. The survey was conducted from August to November 2014.RESULTS:
The survey was completed by 1,549 resident physicians, including 413 pediatric residents, 167 obstetrics and gynecology residents, 579 family medicine residents, and 355 internal medicine residents. For all specialties 58.9% reported that they always counsel patients to receive the vaccine. Pediatrics residents were the group with the highest number of respondents always recommending the vaccine at 82.2%. Regarding education about the HPV vaccine, 63.6% reported they had received education as medical student, but only 39.9% reported to have received formal lectures as residents. Of those who received education, they were more likely to offer the vaccine to their patients.CONCLUSION:
Residents have a unique opportunity to capture a subset of patients that may not otherwise receive the HPV vaccine. Education regarding the HPV vaccine in medical school and resident curriculum has been shown to improve uptake of the vaccine in the resident clinic setting. This is critical to improve the uptake of the HPV vaccine in the United States.