Effect of intervention programs in schools to reduce screen time: a meta-analysis Please cite this article as: Friedrich RR, Polet JP, Schuch I, Wagner MB. Effect of intervention programs in schools to reduce screen time: a meta-analysis. 2014;90:232-41.

Roberta Roggia Friedrich Jéssica Pinto Polet Ilaine Schuch Mário Bernardes Wagner About the authors

OBJECTIVE:

to evaluate the effects of intervention program strategies on the time spent on activities such as watching television, playing videogames, and using the computer among schoolchildren.

SOURCES:

a search for randomized controlled trials available in the literature was performed in the following electronic databases: PubMed, Lilacs, Embase, Scopus, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library using the following Keywords randomized controlled trial, intervention studies, sedentary lifestyle, screen time, and school. A summary measure based on the standardized mean difference was used with a 95% confidence interval.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

a total of 1,552 studies were identified, of which 16 were included in the meta-analysis. The interventions in the randomized controlled trials (n = 8,785) showed a significant effect in reducing screen time, with a standardized mean difference (random effect) of: -0.25 (-0.37, -0.13), p < 0.01.

CONCLUSION:

interventions have demonstrated the positive effects of the decrease of screen time among schoolchildren.

Child; Adolescent; School health; Sedentary lifestyle


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