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Evaluation of a poison prevention lesson for kindergarten and third grade students
  1. Karen D Liller1,
  2. Janice Craig1,
  3. Nancy Crane2,
  4. Robert J McDermott1
  1. 1University of South Florida College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health, 13201 Bruce B Downs Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33612, USA
  2. 2MORE HEALTH Program, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Liller.


Objectives—The purpose of this study was to evaluate the MORE HEALTH poison prevention lesson that is given to kindergarten and third grade students in Hillsborough County, Florida. The lesson reaches approximately 6000 students per year.

Methods—The evaluation was based on a post-test only control group design. Three schools were chosen as evaluation sites and three served as control settings. Students were administered a previously tested, age appropriate questionnaire that addressed the goals of the poison lessons. In addition, a survey was developed for intervention school parents to determine their poison prevention practices.

Results—One hundred ninety four intervention schoolchildren and 184 control schoolchildren completed the study. Children in the intervention schools consistently answered more questions correctly than those in the control schools. The parent survey showed that the majority have homes that are safe from poisons, although fewer than 50% said they had syrup of ipecac in their homes.

Conclusions—These results show that key concepts related to poison prevention can be communicated effectively to primary school students and parents report having homes safe from many poisons.

  • poison prevention
  • elementary schools
  • evaluation

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