Increase in the rate of HPV vaccination in adolescents
Over 90% of human papillomavirus (HPV) -related cancers could be prevented with widespread adoption of the HPV vaccine. Yet the use of vaccines in the United States does not meet public health goals.
In an article by JMIR Nursing, Researchers explain how they applied user-centered design principles to develop a mobile health (mhealth) application to improve the use of the HPV vaccine and how its use was evaluated with parents and parent dyads -adolescents. The app – Vaccipack – focuses exclusively on adolescent vaccines and targets key parental beliefs related to HPV vaccines. The mhealth app is designed for parents (to use and share with their teenagers) to promote initiation and completion of the HPV vaccine series in their teenage children.
The study of Nursing school assessed the acceptability and intention to use the application. He found that intention to use the app was high among parents and teens after they were introduced to the app and had time to explore it.
“The assessment of acceptability and likely use, as we present here, is an important preliminary step for the development of applications and the design of behavioral interventions most likely to achieve the desired health outcome. », Declares Anne M. Teitelman, Emeritus Associate Professor of Nursing at Penn Nursing and Principal Investigator of the study.
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