User preferences for text message-delivered skin cancer prevention and early detection

Finch, Linda, Youl, Philippa, Marshall, Alison L., Soyer, H. Peter, Baade, Peter, & Janda, Monika (2015) User preferences for text message-delivered skin cancer prevention and early detection. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 21(4), pp. 227-234.

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Abstract

Evidence is needed for the acceptability and user preferences of receiving skin cancer-related text messages. We prepared 27 questions to evaluate attitudes, satisfaction with program characteristics such as timing and spacing, and overall satisfaction with the Healthy Text program in young adults. Within this randomised controlled trial (age 18-42 years), 546 participants were assigned to one of three Healthy Text message groups; sun protection, skin self-examination, or attention-control. Over a 12-month period, 21 behaviour-specific text messages were sent to each group. Participants’ preferences were compared between the two interventions and control group at the 12-month follow-up telephone interview. In all three groups, participants reported the messages were easy to understand (98%), provided good suggestions or ideas (88%), and were encouraging (86%) and informative (85%) with little difference between the groups. The timing of the texts was received positively (92%); however, some suggestions for frequency or time of day the messages were received from 8% of participants. Participants in the two intervention groups found their messages more informative, and triggering behaviour change compared to control. Text messages about skin cancer prevention and early detection are novel and acceptable to induce behaviour change in young adults.

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ID Code: 79981
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Skin cancer, Prevention, Health promotion, Text messaging, Attitudes
DOI: 10.1177/1357633X15571652
ISSN: 1357-633X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
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
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Sage Publications Ltd.
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2015 04:02
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2015 22:05

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