Thoughts and Consideration Regarding Immigrant Clinicians: Is Cultural Preservation Influencing Providers' Practice in HPV Vaccination?

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Cancer Invest. 2021 Oct 18:1-8. doi: 10.1080/07357907.2021.1993879. Online ahead of print.


Immigrant clinicians are vital to population healthcare delivery and therefore population health. One in four physicians in the United States are foreign-born and notably represented in family and pediatric medicine – specialties charged with administering childhood/adolescent vaccines, such as Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HPVV). Our examination suggests there may be unique cultural and socialization factors that influence clinician HPVV recommendation practice; however, immigrant clinicians have not been adequately engaged within the national HPVV agenda. Given the volume and significance of immigrant clinicians, engagement of these clinicians, in both community and nation-wide efforts to increase HPVV, is a necessary step for improving and achieving the national health goal of optimizing HPVV for cancer prevention.

PMID:34663155 | DOI:10.1080/07357907.2021.1993879