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Evidence-Based Dermatology: Research Commentary
March 2006

Behavioral and Community Interventions to Prevent Skin CancerWhat Works?

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Copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2006

Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(3):356-360. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.3.356

Question: How successful are behavioral and community interventions in reducing exposure to UV radiation and improving sun-protective behavior? Which approaches are the most effective, and how can dermatologists help advance successful prevention strategies?

Data Sources: A comprehensive search was made of 3 databases (MEDLINE, PsychINFO, and CINAHL) for primary investigations of interventions, published in English from 1966 to 2000, that compared outcomes among persons exposed to interventions with those among persons not exposed or less exposed to the interventions. The database of investigations was updated to 2003 for the Task Force on Community Preventative Services on Reducing Exposure to Ultraviolet Light (Task Force) and to mid 2005 for this article.

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