National HPV immunisation programme: Knowledge and acceptance of mothers attending an obstetrics clinic at a teaching hospital, Kuala Lumpur

Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh, Rozita Hod, Jamsiah Mustafa, Ahmad Zailani Hatta Mohd Dali, Aqmar Suraya Sulaiman, Azlin Azman

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Background: Introduction of the HPV vaccine is a forefront primary prevention method in reducing the incidence of carcinogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. The Malaysia government has implemented the National HPV immunisation programme since 2010, supplying HPV vaccine free to targeted 13 year olds. This study aimed to explore the level of knowledge among mothers on cervical cancer, HPV, HPV vaccine and National HPV (NHPV) immunisation programme since its' implementation. It also assessed acceptance of mothers towards HPV vaccine being administered to their daughter, son or themselves. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted on 155 respondents using self-administered questionnaires; conducted in December 2012 at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinic in a teaching hospital in Kuala Lumpur. Respondents were selected using a multistage sampling technique. Results: A response rate of 100% was obtained. Overall, 51.0% of mothers had good knowledge, with 55% having good knowledge of cervical cancer, 54.2% for both HPV and the National HPV immunisation programme and 51.0% for the HPV vaccine. Regression analyses showed that ethnicity was associated with knowledge on cervical cancer (p=0.003) while education was associated with knowledge on HPV (p=0.049). Three factors are associated with knowledge of the National HPV immunisation programme; ethnicity (p=0.017), mothers' education (p=0.0005) and number of children (p=0.020). The acceptance of HPV vaccine to be administered among daughter was the highest at 87.1%, followed by for mothers themselves at 73.5%, and the least is for sons 62.6%. Conclusions: This study found that the overall level of knowledge was moderate. Adequate information on cervical cancer, HPV, HPV vaccination and the National HPV immunisation programme should be provided to mothers in order to increase acceptance of the HPV vaccine which can reduce the disease burden in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2991-2999
Number of pages9
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Immunization Programs
Teaching Hospitals
Obstetrics
Papillomavirus Vaccines
Mothers
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Nuclear Family
Education
Malaysia
Primary Prevention
Gynecology
Vaccination
Cross-Sectional Studies
Regression Analysis

Keywords

  • Cervical cancer
  • HPV
  • HPV vaccine
  • Knowledge
  • National HPV immunisation programme

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  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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National HPV immunisation programme : Knowledge and acceptance of mothers attending an obstetrics clinic at a teaching hospital, Kuala Lumpur. / Wan Puteh, Sharifa Ezat; Hod, Rozita; Mustafa, Jamsiah; Dali, Ahmad Zailani Hatta Mohd; Sulaiman, Aqmar Suraya; Azman, Azlin.

In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 14, No. 5, 2013, p. 2991-2999.

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