Communication technologies to improve HPV vaccination initiation and completion: A systematic review

Diane B. Francis, Joan R. Cates, Kyla P.Garrett Wagner, Tracey Zola, Jenny E. Fitter, Tamera Coyne-Beasley

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Objectives This systematic review examines the effectiveness of communication technology interventions on HPV vaccination initiation and completion. Methods A comprehensive search strategy was used to identify existing randomized controlled trials testing the impact of computer-, mobile- or internet-based interventions on receipt of any dose of the HPV vaccine. Twelve relevant studies were identified with a total of 38,945 participants. Results The interventions were delivered using several different methods, including electronic health record (i.e. recall/reminder) prompts, text messaging, automated phone calls, interactive computer videos, and email. Vaccine initiation and completion was greater for technology-based studies relative to their control conditions. Conclusion There is evidence that interventions utilizing communication technologies as their sole or primary mode for HPV vaccination intervention delivery may increase vaccination coverage. Practice implications Communication technologies hold much promise for the future of HPV vaccination efforts, especially initiatives in practice-based settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1280-1286
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • HPV
  • Internet
  • Interventions
  • Mobile
  • Systematic review
  • Vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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