Impact of Brief Quality Improvement Coaching on Adolescent HPV Vaccination Coverage: A Pragmatic Cluster Randomized Trial

Melissa B. Gilkey, Jennifer Heisler-MacKinnon, Marcella H. Boynton, William A. Calo, Jennifer L. Moss, Noel T. Brewer

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Background: Health departments in the United States routinely conduct quality improvement (QI) coaching to help primary care providers optimize vaccine delivery. In a prior trial focusing on multiple adolescent vaccines, this light-touch intervention yielded only short-term improvements in HPV vaccination. We sought to evaluate the impact of an enhanced, HPV vaccinespecific QI coaching intervention when delivered in person or virtually. Methods: We partnered with health departments in three states to conduct a pragmatic cluster randomized trial in 2015 to 2016. We randomized 224 primary care clinics to receive no intervention (control), in-person coaching, or virtual coaching. Health department staff delivered the brief (45-60 minute) coaching interventions, including HPV vaccine-specific training with assessment and feedback on clinics' vaccination coverage (i.e., proportion of patients vaccinated). States' immunization information systems provided data to assess coverage change for HPV vaccine initiation (≥1 doses) at 12-month follow-up, among patients ages 11 to 12 (primary outcome) and 13 to 17 (secondary outcome) at baseline. Results: Clinics served 312,227 patients ages 11 to 17. For ages 11 to 12, coverage change for HPV vaccine initiation was higher in the in-person and virtual coaching arms than in the control arm at 12- month follow-up (1.2% and 0.7% point difference, both P < 0.05). For ages 13 to 17, coverage change was higher for virtual coaching than control (1.4% point difference, P < 0.001), but in-person coaching did not yield an intervention effect. Conclusions: Our brief QI coaching intervention produced small long-term improvements in HPV vaccination. Impact: Health departments may benefit from targeting QI coaching to specific vaccines, like HPV vaccine, that need them most.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)957-962
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2023

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