Rationale The HPV vaccine is universally available to young women aged 12/13 years in England through a schools-based vaccination programme. However, recent research has shown that young women in alternative educational settings (AES) in the south-west of England are less likely to receive the HPV vaccine. These settings include, for example, units for students with special needs and pupil referral units.
Aims & Objectives Aim: Examine factors influencing uptake at different levels of the socio-ecological model
Methods This mixed-methods PhD study will examine factors influencing uptake at different levels of the socio-ecological model (policy, community, organisation, interpersonal and intrapersonal) and will consider: • Is the pattern of uptake identified in the south-west of England repeated in other parts of the country? (Statistical analyses) • Amongst young women in AES, are there further patterns of uptake, for example by socio-economic status, ethnicity or setting? (Statistical analyses) • What is already known about factors influencing the vaccination of young women in AES? (Systematic review and qualitative evidence synthesis) • What are the facilitators and barriers to uptake of the HPV vaccine amongst a sample of young women in AES? (Qualitative research including observations, focus groups and interviews) Can we make recommendations to reduce inequities in the uptake of HPV vaccination amongst young women in AES?