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The Effect of a Priest-Led Intervention on the Choice and Preference of Soda Beverages: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial in Catholic Parishes

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dc.contributor.author Miranda, J. Jaime
dc.contributor.author Taype-Rondán, Alvaro
dc.contributor.author Bazalar-Palacios, Janina
dc.contributor.author Bernabé-Ortiz, Antonio
dc.contributor.author Ariely, Dan
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-14T00:02:34Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-14T00:02:34Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12866/8344
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Latin America ranks among the regions with the highest level of intake of sugary beverages in the world. Innovative strategies to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks are necessary. PURPOSE: Evaluate the effect of a one-off priest-led intervention on the choice and preference of soda beverages. METHODS: We conducted a pragmatic cluster-randomized trial in Catholic parishes, paired by number of attendees, in Chimbote, Peru between March and June of 2017. The priest-led intervention, a short message about the importance of protecting one's health, was delivered during the mass. The primary outcome was the proportion of individuals that choose a bottle of soda instead of a bottle of water immediately after the service. Cluster-level estimates were used to compare primary and secondary outcomes between intervention and control groups utilizing nonparametric tests. RESULTS: Six parishes were allocated to control and six to the intervention group. The proportion of soda selection at baseline was 60% in the intervention and control groups, and ranged from 56.3% to 63.8% in Week 1, and from 62.7% to 68.2% in Week 3. The proportion of mass attendees choosing water over soda was better in the priest-led intervention group: 8.2% higher at Week 1 (95% confidence interval 1.7%-14.6%, p = .03), and 6.2% higher at 3 weeks after baseline (p = .15). CONCLUSIONS: This study supports the proof-of-concept that a brief priest-led intervention can decrease sugary drink choice. CLINICAL TRIAL INFORMATION: ISRCTN, ISRCTN24676734. Registered 25 April 2017, https://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN24676734. en_US
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Oxford University Press
dc.relation.ispartof urn:issn:1532-4796
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/restrictedAccess
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.es
dc.subject Behavioral economics en_US
dc.subject Carbonated beverages en_US
dc.subject Catholicism en_US
dc.subject Consumer behavior en_US
dc.subject Faith based organizations en_US
dc.subject Pragmatic clinical trials en_US
dc.subject Randomized controlled trials en_US
dc.title The Effect of a Priest-Led Intervention on the Choice and Preference of Soda Beverages: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial in Catholic Parishes en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1093/abm/kaz060
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#3.02.00 es_PE
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#3.02.24
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#5.01.00

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