Award Date

5-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

First Committee Member

Michelle Chino, Chair

Second Committee Member

Sheniz Moonie

Third Committee Member

Timothy J. Bungum

Graduate Faculty Representative

Michele C. Clark

Number of Pages

50

Abstract

In this study Nevada Cancer Institute’s Wiegand Sun Safety Program was implemented in 14 clinics in Southern Nevada as a pilot run to increase awareness in children and their guardians through educational materials in pediatricians’ and family physicians’ offices. It was hypothesized that the increased display of information regarding sun safety and skin cancer in physicians’ offices would increase patient and guardian awareness of the subject and increase the likelihood of patients and/or guardians asking their physician questions about skin cancer and sun safety, resulting in an increase in preventive actions by guardians to protect their children from damaging rays of the sun. Clinics were randomly divided into an experimental and control group, receiving varying amounts of sun safety information. The clinics were given comparative assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, as was measured by the number of topic-specific questions asked of them by patients and guardians.

Keywords

Children; Information displays; Medical clinics; Nevada Cancer Institute’s Wiegand Sun Safety Program; Parents; Physicians’ offices; Skin cancer awareness; Skin cancer prevention

Disciplines

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health Education and Promotion

Language

English


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