The HealthyTexts study : A randomized controlled trial to improve skin cancer prevention behaviors among young people

Janda, Monika, Youl, Philippa, Marshall, Alison L., Soyer, Peter H., & Baade, Peter (2013) The HealthyTexts study : A randomized controlled trial to improve skin cancer prevention behaviors among young people. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 35(1), pp. 159-167.

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Several randomized trials have found behavior change programs delivered via text messaging to be efficacious to improve preventive health behaviors such as physical activity and stopping smoking; however few have assessed its value in skin cancer prevention or early detection. The HealthyTexts study enrolled 678 participants 18–42 years, and assigned them to receive 21 text messages about skin cancer prevention, skin self-examination or physical activity(attention control) over the course of one year. Baseline data have been collected and outcomes will be assessed at three months and twelve months post intervention. The trial aims to increase the mean overall sun protection habits index score from 2.3 to 2.7 with a standard deviation of 0.5 (effect size of 0.5) and the proportion of people who conduct a whole-body skin self-examination by an absolute 10%. This paper describes the study design and participants' baseline characteristics. In addition, participants' goals for their health, and strategies they apply to achieve those goals are summarized.

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ID Code: 61283
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: skin cancer prevention, sun safety, text messaging, young people, randomised controlled trial
DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2013.03.009
ISSN: 1559-2030
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Copyright Statement: This is the author's version of a work that was accepted for publication in Contemporary Clinical Trials. Changes resutling from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Contemporary Clinical Trials, [35, 1, (2013)]
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2013 03:43
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2015 04:26

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