Randomized trial evaluating computer-based sun safety education for children in elementary school

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  • Background. Interactive multimedia programs derived from the Sunny Days, Healthy Ways (SDHW) sun safety curriculum were evaluated with children aged 5-13. Methods. A randomized pretest to posttest 3-group study was conducted with 871 students in 12 primary schools in the western United States comparing computer programs alone, teacher-led presentation, or both combined. Results. Computer programs with teacher-led presentation improved knowledge over either treatment individually (P =.001). The combination improved self-reported sun protection in lower but not higher grades over teacher-led presentation (P =.005). Conclusions. Computer-based sun safety instruction used with teacher instruction in primary schools may improve sun safety, especially with younger children. Copyright © AACE and EACE.
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  • Buller MK; Kane IL; Martin RC; Giese AJ; Cutter GR; Saba LM; Buller DB
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  • 74
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  • 79
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  • 23
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  • 2