TABLE 3

Attitudes and Experiences Regarding HPV Vaccination Among Providers Currently Administering HPV Vaccine in Their Offices (N = 619)

Response, %
PediatriciansFamily Physicians
Strongly AgreeSomewhat AgreeStrongly AgreeSomewhat Agree
Parents of 11–12 year-old patients have been more likely to refuse HPV vaccine than parents of 16–18 year-old patients.23551748
It is necessary to discuss issues of sexuality before recommending HPV vaccine to patients.a15272330
Other new vaccine recommendations for adolescents (ie, meningococcus, pertussis) have made it easier for my practice to introduce HPV vaccine.14531555
I am concerned that syncope is more likely to occur after HPV vaccination, compared with other vaccinations.a924310
Parents of my adolescent patients are concerned that vaccination against a sexually transmitted infection may encourage earlier or riskier sexual behavior.239343
Parents of 11–12 year-old patients have been upset that I am offering a vaccine against a sexually transmitted infection to someone 11–12 years old.222223
I don't have much confidence in the safety of new vaccines until they have been on the market for several years.217426
I think that vaccination against a sexually transmitted infection may encourage earlier or riskier sexual behavior in my adolescent patients.2224
I am concerned that Guillain-Barré syndrome may occur after HPV vaccination.1717
  • Items are presented in rank order, according to the proportion of pediatricians who reported that they strongly agree with the statement.

  • a P < .01 for comparison of strongly agree responses between pediatricians and family physicians.