Knowledge of human papillomavirus among dental providers: A mixed methods study

Abbey B. Berenson, Jacqueline M. Hirth, Janet H. Southerland

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Dental professionals are encouraged by the American Dental Association (ADA) to recommend the HPV vaccine to eligible patients. To better understand their comfort level in following this recommendation, we conducted a mixed methods study of dentists and dental hygienists. A total of 173 providers were surveyed and 8 interviewed. The majority felt they had an important role in preventing HPV-related OPC and that they should educate their patients and encourage HPV vaccination. However, most providers had low knowledge about HPV and expressed a need to obtain more information on the topic. In particular, they desired information about the HPV vaccine, its connection to cancer and where to refer patients for vaccination. They also wanted access to visual aids to help them bring up the topic. This study demonstrates the need to develop and disseminate educational programs for dental providers so they can assist with efforts to raise HPV vaccination rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-426
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 16 2020


  • Dental hygienists
  • Dentists
  • HPV vaccine
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Oropharyngeal cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Veterinary
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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