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Effectiveness of computer-based tailoring versus targeting to promote use of hearing protection.

Authors
Kerr-MJ; Savik-K; Monsen-KA; Lusk-SL
Source
Can J Nurs Res 2007 Mar; 39(1):80-97
NIOSHTIC No.
20040859
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of 2 computer-based interventions and booster messages on construction workers' use of hearing protection. Construction workers (n = 343) were randomly assigned to receive tailored (addressing individual characteristics) or targeted (addressing shared characteristics) education, with or without booster messages, in an experimental 4-group pretest-post-test design. Post hoc message matching compared the value of tailored and targeted approaches. Participants improved use of hearing protection from 42% to 50% of the time they were exposed to noise 1 year post-intervention. Differences between intervention groups were not significant. The significant improvement in use of hearing protection demonstrates that interventions can have an impact on preventing noise-induced hearing loss. Since targeted and tailored intervention groups did not significantly differ in use of hearing protection, and since targeted interventions are less costly to develop, targeted interventions offer greater value.
Keywords
Hearing; Hearing-protection; Ear-protection; Ear-protectors; Noise-protection; Computer-models; Computer-software; Computers; Construction-workers; Personal-protective-equipment; Education; Safety-education; Injury-prevention; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Author Keywords: Computer-assisted instruction; randomized controlled trial; noise induced hearing loss; ear protective devices
Contact
Madeleine J. Kerr, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, 5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA
CODEN
CJNRE3
Publication Date
20070301
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
kerrx010@ tc.umn.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-CCR-513049
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0844-5621
Source Name
The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research
State
MN; MI
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