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WMJ Vol. 118 No. 1: Brief Report

Statewide Pediatric Quality Improvement Collaborative for HPV Vaccine Initiation

Mala Mathur, MD, MPH; Sarah Campbell, MD


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Background: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most commonly sexually transmitted pathogen and has been implicated in several types of cancers, yet immunization rates have remained low.

Methods: Wisconsin pediatricians participated in a 3-month health care collaborative from April through June 2016.

Results: HPV vaccination initiation increased overall among all participating practices from 56.4% at baseline to 71.2% after the 3-month time period. In addition, Tdap and meningococcal vaccine rates increased in these practices as well.

Discussion/Conclusions: A statewide pediatric health care collaborative can make significant improvements in HPV vaccination rates in a relatively short period of time and also can directly improve rates of other adolescent vaccine.

Author Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wis (Mathur); Affinity Medical Group, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton, Wis (Campbell).

Corresponding Author: Mala Mathur, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53792-4108; phone 608.263.6421; fax 608.263.6547; email mmathur@wisc.edu.

Funding/Support: This research was funded by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number, 5 NH23IP000952, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and awarded to the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC or the Department of Health and Human Services.

Financial Disclosures: None declared.