Quality Improvement Initiative to Improve HPV Vaccine Initiation at Nine Years of Age - American Board of Medical Specialties

This paper describes a quality improvement (QI) effort by Nationwide Children’s Hospital Primary Care Network (PCN) to improve human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates and determine the feasiblity of vaccination at nine years of age. This QI effort involved 14 clinics across the PCN and implemented changes in electronic medical record alerts, increased cancer prevention communications with caregivers, formed an HPV vaccine team, and created an incentive for the clinic staff. All participating clinics met their stated goals for at least one quarter, and half met their stated goal for three quarters or more. The effort was successful in increasing vaccination rates at a younger age. American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit was offered as an incentive for participation.

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