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Summary

The main aim of my doctoral research is to investigate the factors affecting the uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vacccine in the county of Hampshire, UK.

Belonging to the family Papillomaviridae, there are 200+ types of papillomaviruses that are known to infect humans. There is overwhelming evidence that HPV causes a number of diverse types of preventable cancers. Persistent infection with high-risk HPV infection is responsible for almost all cases of cervical cancer globally. 

The most effective intervention for the prevention of HPV-associated cancers is prophylactic vaccination. Research studies investigating the uptake of the HPV vaccine have consistently reported substantially higher uptake of the HPV vaccine in white adolescent females compared to adolescent females from ethnic minority backgrounds. There is compelling evidence for a difference in HPV vaccination completion (e.g. uptake of 2 doses) by deprivation quintile also. School-based vaccination programmes have been shown to maximise uptake of childhood vaccines; the evidence, however, demonstrates that disparities in HPV vaccine still exist, despite the model of vaccine delivery. To reduce the inequalities associated with HPV vaccine uptake, it is essential to identify the factors currently associated with the uptake of the vaccine. My PhD research seeks to do this. 

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

MSc, Virology, Liverpool John Moores University

Award Date: 11 Jun 2015

BSc (Hons), Applied Biomedical Science (Microbiology), University of Lincoln

Award Date: 24 Jun 2010

DipHE, RN DipHE (Adult Nursing), University of Cambridge

Award Date: 27 Sept 2002

Keywords

  • Q Science (General)
  • RT Nursing