The acceptability of HPV vaccines and perceptions of vaccination against HPV among physicians and nurses in Hong Kong

Teris Cheung, Joseph T.F. Lau, Johnson Z. Wang, Phoenix Mo, C. K. Siu, Rex T.H. Chan, Janice Y.S. Ho

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Background: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections nationwide. Methods: This is the first cross-sectional survey assessing physicians’ and nurses’ knowledge of HPV and recording their attitudes to HPV vaccination in Hong Kong. Survey questions were derived from the Health Belief Model. Results: 1152 clinicians (170 physicians and 982 nurses) aged 21 and 60 participated in this study. A multiple stepwise regression model was used to examine associations between cognitive factors (clinicians’ attitudes) and subjects’ intention to HPV vaccine uptake. Results showed that only 30.2% of physicians and 21.2% nurses found vaccinating for HPV acceptable. Conclusions: Perceived self-efficacy was the only significant background and cognitive variable associated with physicians’ and nurses’ accepting HPV vaccines. Further, when nurses found HPV vaccination acceptable, cues to action was featured as a significant background variable in their choice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1700
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2019


  • Acceptability
  • HPV vaccine
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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