HPV vaccination and the role of the pediatric dentist: Survey of graduate program directors

Yoshita Patel Hosking, David Cappelli, Kevin J Donly, Spencer Redding

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Purpose: This study's purpose was to evaluate what is currently being taught in graduate pediatric dental programs regarding the human papillomavirus (HPV), the HPV vaccine, and risk factors associated with oropharyngeal cancer (OPC). Methods: A 42-question survey was administered via paper-and-pen survey instrument to attendees at the 2016 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) annual meeting for graduate and associate program directors. The survey included questions evaluating attitudes/beliefs toward the HPV vaccine and current training in graduate pediatric dentistry programs and aimed to define whether the directors believe that the discussion of HPV vaccination and associated risk factors was within the scope of practice for pediatric dentists. Results: Sixty-four of 71 attendees completed the survey; 77 percent of respondents believe they should be discussing the HPV vaccine with patients/parents. Increased age of respondent was correlated with the idea of discussion of sexual health and its link to OPC being within the scope of practice of pediatric dentistry (r equals 0.35, P=.005). Conclusions: A majority (77 percent) of graduate and associate program directors believe they should be discussing the human papillomavirus vaccine with patients and parents; however, only 25 percent of respondents currently include information about HPV and the vaccine in their curricula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-389
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Dentistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • Human papillomavirus
  • Oral cancer
  • Pediatric Dentistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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