The Effect of a Coloring Prompt on Health Engagement
In Need of a Pap Smear (Cervical Cancer Screening) - In Need of a Blood Pressure Check (Hypertension Screening) - In Need of a Cholesterol Test (Lipid Disorder Screening) - In Need of a Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (Diabetes)
Conditions: official terms
Lipid Metabolism Disorders - Sphingolipidoses - Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
behavioral economics, nudge, artwork, Pap smear, Blood pressure check, Cholesterol test, Fasting plasma glucose test
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Prevention
Name: Planning Prompt Type: Behavioral
Name: Control Condition Type: Behavioral
Overall Status
Not yet recruiting
The goal of this project is to determine whether prompting the recipient of a health reminder mailing to ask his or her 4-9 year-old child to color on the reminder could increase engagement with the targeted health behavior
Detailed Description
The investigators will randomly assign some individuals with 4-9 year old children to receive colorful reminders to engage in a given health behavior. Others will receive identical reminders along with a prompt to share the reminder sheet with their child so it can be turned into a piece of art. The investigators are interested in whether the coloring prompt will lead the reminder to stay in the home for longer, be placed on the refrigerator, etc. and thus result in an increase in compliance with the recommended health behavior.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Indications according to Spring 2011 CDC criteria for a Pap smear

- Indications according to Spring 2011 CDC criteria for a blood pressure check

- Indications according to Spring 2011 CDC criteria for a cholesterol test

- Indications according to Spring 2011 CDC criteria for a fasting plasma glucose test

- Employee at partner corporation that implemented the study
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Status: Not yet recruiting
Contact: Katherine L Milkman, Ph.D. - 215-573-9646 -
Start Date
May 2011
Completion Date
September 2012
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
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