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Sun Protection for Florida's Children

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Trial Information

Sun Protection for Florida's Children

Intervention is aimed at encouraging students to use a wide brim hat when participating in
outdoor activities. To accomplish this goal our approach will be multifaceted and will

1. individual sessions with school principals to facilitate a school policy that
encourages hat use when children are outdoors.

2. sessions with fourth grade teachers that explains the importance of sun protection and
hat use, and that addresses potential concerns by teachers.

3. classroom sessions with fourth grade children that improves sun protection knowledge,
fosters more positive attitudes about hat use. and that changes the subjective norm of
wearing hats when at school.

4. follow-up sessions in which children are provided free hats with a customized design
that represents their school.

5. sun protection educational materials that are mailed to the parents of targeted

Inclusion Criteria:

- One fourth/one fifth grade class.

- 20 students minimum.

- 25% of students are Caucasian.

- Principle/teachers agree to participate.

- Majority of parents agree to participate.

- Majority of 4th grade students provide written assent.

- One outdoor session lasting 20 minutes once per week where children are directly
exposed to the sun.

- Outdoor session in an area observable by data monitors.

- School can accommodate intervention components of study.

- School environment stable over the intervention period.

- Randomized control school delay sun protection initiatives until project is

Exclusion Criteria:


Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention

Outcome Measure:

Increase the use of hats when children are outside at school

Outcome Time Frame:

june 2008

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Richard G Roetzheim, MD, MSPH

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Department of Family Medicine, USF


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:

Ro1CA 103965-01



Start Date:

February 2005

Completion Date:

August 2011

Related Keywords:

  • Skin Cancer
  • Children's behavior towards hat use
  • Skin Neoplasms



Univeristy of South Florida Tampa, Florida  33612