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J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2011 Apr;16(2):121-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2011.00278.x.

Effects of spinal health educational programs for elementary school children.

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Department of Nursing, Chosun University, Gwangju, South Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study examined the effects of spinal health educational programs.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

A nonequivalent control-group pretest-posttest design was used. Participants were 88 fifth-grade elementary schoolchildren. Three groups were compared: a Web-based program group, a traditional face-to-face program group, and a control group.

RESULTS:

In both intervention groups, the changes for spinal health knowledge and self-efficacy were significantly higher than those of the control group. However, the changes of spinal health practices were not significantly different.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

A Web-based spinal health education program is a convenient and flexible health educational approach that was as effective in this study as traditional face-to-face instruction.

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