FUNDING SOURCE: Association of Schools of Public Health & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001 – 2005


CO- INVESTIGATOR: Heather Brandt, PhD

Little research has addressed health communication for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in terms of prevention efforts and health care needs of women with HPV. High risk HPV (HR-HPV) presents a more serious public health challenge due to its etiological link to cervical cancer.  The project's goal is to develop an assessment tool for women diagnosed with HR-HPV to determine (a) their attitude toward and knowledge of HR-HPV transmission and (b) the impact of such a diagnosis on women and their sex partners.

Specific aims are to:

  1. Explore health care providers' attitudes and perceptions about women who have HR-HPV and their perceived needs of HR-HPV positive women through in-depth group discussions with clinic health care providers.

  2. Identify knowledge gaps, attitudes, related behaviors and perceived impact of a HR-HPV diagnosis through in-depth qualitative interviews with rural women, African American, American Indian, and white women.

  3. Develop, pre-test and implement a quantitative telephone questionnaire of women who have abnormal Pap tests results and were tested for HPV.

This project is based on seven federally funded family practice clinics in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina and a women's wellness clinic of a southeastern Indian reservation.  Results of the study will inform the development of educational messages about HPV.


Brandt HM, McCree DH, Lindley LL, Sharpe PA, Hutto BE (2005). A formal evaluation of existing printed educational materials regarding Human papillomavirus. Cancer Control, 12(Suppl 2):103-6.

McCree DH, Sharpe PA, Brandt HM, Robertson R (2006). Preferences for sources of information about abnormal Pap tests and HPV in women tested for HPV. Prev Med, 43(3):165-70.

Sharpe PA, Brandt HM, McCree DH (2005). Knowledge and beliefs about abnormal pap test results and HPV among women with high-risk HPV: results from in-depth interviews. Women Health, 42(2):107-33.