Journal article

A randomised controlled trial using mobile advertising to promote safer sex and sun safety to young people

J Gold, CK Aitken, HG Dixon, MSC Lim, M Gouillou, T Spelman, M Wakefield, ME Hellard

Health Education Research | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2011

Abstract

Mobile phone text messages (SMS) are a promising method of health promotion, but a simple and low cost way to obtain phone numbers is required to reach a wide population. We conducted a randomised controlled trial with simultaneous brief interventions to (i) evaluate effectiveness of messages related to safer sex and sun safety and (ii) pilot the use of mobile advertising for health promotion. Mobile advertising subscribers aged 16-29 years residing in Victoria, Australia (n = 7606) were randomised to the 'sex' or 'sun' group and received eight messages during the 2008-2009 summer period. Changes in sex- and sun-related knowledge and behaviour were measured by questionnaires completed on mob..

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