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Vaccine. 2011 Mar 21;29(14):2537-41. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.01.065. Epub 2011 Feb 5.

Text message reminders to promote human papillomavirus vaccination.

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  • 1Division of General Pediatrics, Columbia University NY, NY 10032, USA. eo85@columbia.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To implement and evaluate text message reminders for the second (HPV2) and third (HPV3) vaccine doses.

DESIGN:

Site-based intervention.

SETTING:

Nine pediatric sites (5 academic and 4 private) located in New York City.

PARTICIPANTS:

Parents of adolescents 9-20 years who received HPV1 or HPV2 during the intervention period, January-June 2009.

INTERVENTION:

Parents who enrolled received up to three weekly text message reminders that their daughter was due for her next vaccine dose.

OUTCOME MEASURE:

On-time receipt of the next vaccine dose, within one month of its due date.

RESULTS:

During the intervention period, of 765 eligible HPV vaccine events, 434 enrollment instructions were distributed to parents (56.7% of doses). Parents of 124 adolescent girls (28.6% of those handed instructions) activated text message reminders. Comparing children of parents who enrolled versus those who did not, on-time receipt of next HPV vaccine dose occurred among 51.6% (95% CI 42.8-60.4%) versus 35.0% (95% CI 29.6-40.2%) of adolescents (p=.001). Similarly, among a historical cohort of adolescents, receiving HPV1 or HPV2 in the six months prior to the intervention period, on-time receipt of next vaccine dose was noted for 38.1% (95% CI 35.2-41.0%) (p=.003). Increases in receipt of next vaccine dose among intervention subjects were sustained at 4 months following the vaccine due date. Using a logistic regression model, after controlling for insurance and site of care, intervention subjects were significantly more likely than either control population to receive their next HPV vaccine dose on-time.

CONCLUSION:

Among those choosing to enroll, text message reminders were an effective intervention to increase on-time receipt of HPV2 or HPV3.

Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

PMID:
21300094
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