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ERIC Number: EJ887088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Impact of Poison Prevention Education on the Knowledge and Behaviors of Seniors
Jones, Paul R.; Sheppard, Monique A.; Snowden, Cecelia B.; Miller, Ted R.; Nelkin, Valerie S.; Nguyen, Denise D.; Tominack, Ivy; Dunlap, Hallie Chillag
American Journal of Health Education, v41 n3 p139-146 May-Jun 2010
Background: Unintentional poisoning is an important public health issue that exacts a heavy toll on our nation's seniors. However, relatively few empirical studies have examined the efficacy of poison prevention education programs on this cohort. Purpose: This study assessed the impact of a poison education program on the knowledge, perceptions, intentions, and behaviors of seniors in Missouri and West Virginia. Methods: One-hundred and twenty-seven seniors completed pre- and post-test surveys, which were designed to assess the program's efficacy. Participants were re-interviewed after four weeks to determine whether they had implemented the behaviors described in the program. Results: The results revealed that the program improved the knowledge of participants and impacted both their behavioral intentions and actual behaviors. Discussion: When taken together, these data indicate that brief educational interventions may be an effective tool in reducing the incidence of unintentional poisonings among seniors. Translation to Health Education Practice: More generally, these methods and findings suggest that single sessions of theory-driven health education can be effective for interventions among seniors. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri; West Virginia