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Title: KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND ACCEPTANCE OF HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV) VACCINATION AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Authors: FARAHLIANA BINTE RAHMAT
Issue Date: 25-May-2019
Citation: FARAHLIANA BINTE RAHMAT (2019-05-25). KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND ACCEPTANCE OF HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV) VACCINATION AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a well-acknowledged contributor to cervical cancers, genital warts and various other cancers of the anogenital and oral regions. However, these diseases are preventable through HPV vaccination. Due to their increased risk for various sexually transmitted infections, the need to conduct a study focusing on the university population’s knowledge and opinion of HPV vaccination was hence indicated. Aims: This research study was conducted to assess the knowledge, attitudes and acceptance of HPV vaccination among students in a local university in Singapore. Methods: This quantitative study took up the cross-sectional descriptive correlational design. A total of 202 participants were sampled via convenience sampling in the National University of Singapore (NUS). A 60-item online HPV questionnaire was administered via eSurvey. Results: The students had demonstrated moderate levels of HPV and HPV vaccine knowledge. Faculty and HPV vaccine awareness were identified as significant predictors to HPV knowledge level. Students from the faculty of medicine were shown to have higher knowledge levels. Attitudes toward HPV vaccination and vaccination in general however were reported to be generally positive. HPV vaccine awareness was shown to be a significant indicator to the students’ attitudes toward vaccination in general. No significant correlation was noted between knowledge and attitudes. Implications: This study examined knowledge, attitudes and acceptance of HPV vaccination from the point of view of both female and male university students from a local perspective. This thus provided a baseline reference for future studies and preventive healthcare efforts. Conclusion: Based on the findings, it can be concluded that a more effective educational and preventive healthcare measure should be developed and implemented to improve HPV knowledge levels and HPV vaccine uptake among university students.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/153851
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