Salud Pública de México
versión impresa ISSN 0036-3634
BARTOLINI, Rosario M et al. Formative research to shape HPV vaccine introduction strategies in Peru. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2010, vol.52, n.3, pp.226-233. ISSN 0036-3634.
OBJECTIVE: To understand the sociocultural environment, health systems' capacities, and policy processes related to cervical cancer and HPV vaccines in order to inform HPV vaccine introduction. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Mixed-method formative research using qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques. Participants included girls, parents, community leaders, health and education officials, and policymakers. RESULTS: Respondents, including policymakers, generally supported HPV vaccine introduction, due partly to appreciation for the benefits of vaccination and the desire to prevent cancer. Community-level concerns regarding safety and quality of services will need to be addressed. The immunization system in Peru is strong and has capacity for including the HPV vaccine. CONCLUSION: Formative research provides key insights to help shape an effective program for HPV vaccine introduction.
Palabras llave : cervical cancer; qualitative research; human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine; Peru.