The community nurse’s role on the promotion of Papillomavirus vaccination among young students: a study protocol

Valentina Simonetti, Marco Tomietto, Dania Comparcini*, Francesco Pastore, Pasquale Stefanizzi, Silvio Tafuri, Giancarlo Cicolini

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Vaccination is the principal strategy for primary prevention of infection by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which causes different pathological conditions, up to cancer, in both males and females. However, to date, knowledge among adolescents and their parents about the HPV vaccine is still low. The aim of this quasi-experimental, multicenter study is to assess the effectiveness of a digital educational intervention, conducted by a multidisciplinary health-care team including a Community Nurse, to increase adolescents’ HPV vaccination uptake, their knowledge, self-efficacy, feelings and involvement in HPV vaccine decision-making, and parents’ vaccination hesitancy. The study will be carried out among a population of students (and their parents), aged between 11 and 13, at secondary schools in Italy. Validated questionnaires will be administered to both students and parents at baseline (T0) and 3 months after a digital educational intervention (T1). The findings may be useful in evaluating and deepening a methodology for designing and implementing educational interventions, embedded in the school setting, that could promote the achievement of outcomes within the broader process of youth’s health promotion.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2314383
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalHuman Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics
Issue number1
Early online date14 Feb 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Feb 2024

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