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

Janda, M., Youl, P., Marshall, A. L., Soyer, H. P. and Baade, P. (2013) The HealthyTexts study: a randomized controlled trial to improve skin cancer prevention behaviors among young people. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 35 1: 159-167. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2013.03.009


Author Janda, M.
Youl, P.
Marshall, A. L.
Soyer, H. P.
Baade, P.
Title The HealthyTexts study: a randomized controlled trial to improve skin cancer prevention behaviors among young people
Journal name Contemporary Clinical Trials   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1551-7144
1559-2030
Publication date 2013-05
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cct.2013.03.009
Volume 35
Issue 1
Start page 159
End page 167
Total pages 9
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Keyword Skin cancer prevention
Sun safety
Text messaging
Young people
Randomized controlled trial
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 2 April 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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