Media Use in Preschooler Study (MUPS)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Catherine Birken, The Hospital for Sick Children
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00959309
First received: August 12, 2009
Last updated: December 6, 2013
Last verified: December 2013
  Purpose

Childhood obesity is an epidemic and increasing. There are very few effective treatments for obesity in children. Recent studies have shown an association between obesity and sedentary behaviors such as television, video viewing and playing video games ('screen time') in preschool aged children. A school based intervention to reduce screen time in older children has been effective in preventing obesity.

The reduction of screen time may lead to the prevention of obesity and its complications in preschool children.


Condition Intervention Phase
Obesity
Behavioral: Strategies to decrease screen time in children
Behavioral: Non-Strategical Media Education
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Media Use in Preschooler Study (MUPS) An Office Based Intervention to Improve Media Use in Preschool Children: a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by The Hospital for Sick Children:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Parent reported number of hours screen time on the previous weekday and previous weekend day [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of meals in front of the TV [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Activity levels [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Anthropometric measures [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 160
Study Start Date: October 2007
Study Completion Date: December 2009
Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Intervention Behavioral: Strategies to decrease screen time in children

15 minute session about the health impact of screen time in children and strategies to decrease screen time (removing televisions from the child's bedroom, budgeting screen time, providing a contingency plan for time spent not watching TV, encouraging family meal time, and implementing a one week television turn off, where children are encouraged to spend one week without watching TV/videos). Activities for the child include reading a story about television viewing (The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV), and creating a list of non TV related activities to replace TV time. The intervention group will receive a CPS handout titled 'Promoting Good Television Habits' and a calendar with stickers for the television turn off.

Educational session on good media use (information on television rating systems, internet safety, and limiting exposure to violent programming, and the CPS handout entitled 'Managing Media in the Home')

Active Comparator: Control Behavioral: Non-Strategical Media Education
Educational session on good media use (information on television rating systems, internet safety, and limiting exposure to violent programming, and the CPS handout entitled 'Managing Media in the Home')

Detailed Description:

There have been no trials examining an intervention to decrease screen time in preschool children in the physician office setting. This setting is appealing for interventions directed to preschool children because of accessibility. In addition, other public health interventions implemented in a physician office setting, such as home safety advice, have been effective.

The proposed study design will be a randomized controlled trial. The intervention group will receive the study intervention, which is a 15 minute session about the health impact of screen time in children and strategies to decrease screen time.

The objective of this study is to determine if an office based intervention is effective in decreasing screen time (television, video viewing and playing video games) in preschool children.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 3 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • registered to attend a 3 year old well child visit

Exclusion Criteria:

  • children with limitations in ambulation or cognitive delay will be excluded from the study.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00959309

Locations
Canada, Ontario
The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1X8
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Hospital for Sick Children
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Catherine Birken, MD The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Canada
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Catherine Birken, Staff Paediatrician, The Hospital for Sick Children
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00959309     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1000009542
Study First Received: August 12, 2009
Last Updated: December 6, 2013
Health Authority: Canada: Ethics Review Committee

Keywords provided by The Hospital for Sick Children:
pediatrics
media
MUPS

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 23, 2014