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

Finch, Linda, Youl, Philippa, Marshall, Alison L., Soyer, H. Peter, Baade, Peter and Janda, Monika (2015) User preferences for text message-delivered skin cancer prevention and early detection. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 21 4: 227-234. doi:10.1177/1357633X15571652

Author Finch, Linda
Youl, Philippa
Marshall, Alison L.
Soyer, H. Peter
Baade, Peter
Janda, Monika
Title User preferences for text message-delivered skin cancer prevention and early detection
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1758-1109
Publication date 2015-06-06
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1357633X15571652
Volume 21
Issue 4
Start page 227
End page 234
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
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.
Keyword Skin cancer
Health promotion
Text messaging
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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