Normalization and Informed Decision-making in Public Health Programs: A Case Study of HPV Vaccination in Canada

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Title: Normalization and Informed Decision-making in Public Health Programs: A Case Study of HPV Vaccination in Canada
Authors: Navaneelan, Tanya
Date: 2012
Abstract: This thesis examined the evidence, policy decision-making, and implementation of HPV vaccination in Canada as a case study to explore normalization versus individualized decision making in public health programs. Mixed methods were used: a systematic review, content analyses and policy document analysis. Overall, the scientific evidence supported an effect of vaccination against HPV infection and precancerous cervical lesions, but evidence regarding cervical cancer incidence or mortality is lacking. Scientific and medical communities appeared optimistic about the vaccine, but cautious about its readiness for routine implementation. Policy decision-making was initially cautious, but shifted towards active program implementation, possibly related to the availability of federal funding. The educational materials and media coverage both sent clearly normalizing messages about HPV vaccination. The discussion suggests that HPV vaccination might be more suited to an individualized than population approach, but many factors coincided to promote its implementation, in Canada, within a traditional public health model.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/23517
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6209
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