JADA January 2018
related to human papillomavirus (HPV) are on the rise. Dentists may be the next
group of providers participating in the prevention of HPV. The aim of this study
was to assess dentists’ health literacy regarding the connection of HPV and
oropharyngeal cancer. The authors conducted 4 focus groups with dentists (N =
33) during a regional dental conference in 2016. Guided by
the health literacy competencies (that is, access, understand, appraise, and
apply), the authors used constant comparison methods for data analysis.
Key Words: Human papillomavirus; HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer; dentists;
health literacy; HPV vaccine.
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